Stakeholders call on CM to close ‘illegal’ weighbridges

SHILLONG, Sept 1 Highlighting the alleged difficulties encountered at various weighbridges along the NH-6 and NH-40E, truckers, suppliers, exporters, traders and transport associations under the auspices of a committee of Joint Action (JAC) urged Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to close these “illegal” weighbridges on highways as soon as possible.
In a statement submitted to the Chief Minister, the JAC alleged that these stakeholders are being forced to pay huge sums of money to the weighbridges.
“Every time we had to go through these weighbridges, we were forced to lose a huge amount of money that is otherwise intended for our survival in the course of our work. Sometimes we had to stay hungry for a few days because we ran out of money because of these weighbridges, ”said JAC.
He claimed that these weighbridges are declared illegal by the Center, which is “totally against the existence of such illegal weighbridges” on the aforementioned national roads.
According to the JAC, the National Highway Law does not allow agents of the state transportation department to interfere in matters relating to national roads and any structures built along the highway without the approval of the State. competent authority, namely the Ministry of Road Transport. and highways, will be considered illegal and unauthorized by law.
“The law that the state passed under the Motor Vehicle Act to cover these illegal weighbridges is not at all valid because the highways are covered by the National Highway Act and the power of enforcing the law is the responsibility of the central government, not the state. of Meghalaya, ”added the JAC.
The JAC asked the Chief Minister not to “force them to be part of these illegalities by asking them to pay to these illegal weighbridges because it is totally against the law and the spirit of the Constitution “.
However, following the outcry over illegal weighbridges raked by Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, recently Meghalaya Transport Minister Sniawbhalang Dhar claimed that all weighbridges in the Meghalaya are legal.
Gadkari, however, had said that several government-operated weighbridges in Meghalaya on National Route 6 were illegal.
” This is not new. All the Meghalaya weighbridges are legal because they have been notified under a weighbridge policy, ”the Minister of Transport said, referring to the Meghalaya weighbridge policy, 2018.

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