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Truckers on 2-day strike, AIMTC claims Rs 2,000 cr loss to sector

Against the GST, high diesel prices, harassment by authorities on roads and toll policies

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Strike, Truckers Strike
Trucks are seen parked during truck operators strike over GST at Truck Terminal APMC Vashi in Navi Mumbai.

Truckers went on a 2-day from today hitting supplies pan India, with transporters body claiming a of Rs 2,000 crore to the sector. Truck operators across the country are on a 2-day token against the GST, high diesel prices, harassment by authorities on roads and toll policies, said the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC). "Our two-day 'chakka jam' (strike) which began this morning has hit supplies across the country though we have exempted essential goods. We estimate around Rs 2,000 crore losses to the road transport sector on day one," said Bal Malkit Singh, chairman of the core committee of Transporters across the country are up in arms against this issue and would chalk out strategies post-Diwali to intensify the agitation if the government fails to address the grievances, he said, adding that 12 crore people are associated with the transport sector. Trucks were seen off the roads in many parts of the country including the national capital. In Mumbai, truck-operators would be staging a sit-in at Mankhurd check-post, he said. AIMTC, with over 93 lakh truck operators under its ambit claimed support from several transporter bodies. "The two-day token called by and supported by all its constituent members was successful on day one with about 70 to 80 per cent of business shut down across the country.

We expect similar momentum on the day two," Singh said. It is surprising that the government has chosen to remain indifferent to the critical concerns of the transport sector, which may lead to indefinite nationwide after Diwali, he said. The Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training (IFTRT), on the other hand, termed the as a "damp squib". coordinator S P Singh said deliveries were normal in the national capital region and other cities. "Industrial belts across the country too were largely unaffected as trucks lined up for bringing in raw materials and dispatches of finished products particularly white goods and electrical products," he said. said however that the Federation of Bombay Motor Transport Operators, Bombay Transport Cooperative Consumers Society, Maharashtra Tanker Lorry Owners Association are also taking part in the "It is high time the government rationalised taxes on diesel and reduce its prices in line with the international market. Diesel must be brought under the ambit of to bring uniformity of pricing across the country, and the prices should be revised on a quarterly basis," AIMTC's Bal Malkit Singh said.

First Published: Tue, October 10 2017. 01:18 IST