Durgapur News Desk, 03 February 2017: Businessman points finger towards a known Trinamool Congress leader of Durgapur, alleging that the local leader is preventing him from doing his work. Mayor-in-council, Mr. Pravat Chatterjee said that the police must need to investigate and act against the culprits, without looking into his party colour.
The businessman Hari Har Yadav, who recently bagged the contract of collecting toll from the Kanjilal Avenue road, constructed by the Durgapur Municipal Corporation, has lodged a complaint with the civic body accusing Bijay Srivastava, a local Trinamool leader and his associates were not allowing him to take the levy and threatening him with dire consequences if he lodged a complaint with the police or the municipal corporation.
Srivastava, the former general secretary of the INTTUC-backed contract workers’ union at Durgapur Projects Ltd and looks after the Trinamool organisation is also the owner of the company KB Merchandise, who had been collecting toll on the road for the past nine years, from vehicles entering the Durgapur industrial belt.
Srivastava’s company KB Merchandise had been collecting toll on the road for the past nine years but lost out to Yadav in the latest round of tendering.
According to municipal corporation sources, the civic body had floated the tender for collection of toll from vehicles using Kanjilal Avenue and Lenin Sarani, two arterial roads in the industrial belt, last year.
Yadav and Sreebastav had both participated in the tendering process. While Yadav bagged the contract to collect toll from Kanjilal Avenue for the next three years, Sreebastav won the tender to impose the levy on Lenin Sarani.
“I was suppose to take control of the toll plaza from February 1. But Srivastava and his associates prevented the civic body authorities from handing me the charge. Srivastava and around 50-60 men threatened to kill me,” Yadav said.