Truckers’ strike enters second day, northeast comes to ‘standstill’

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Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) As the indefinite nationwide truckers’ strike entered its second day, lorry owners and operators on Tuesday said over 50 lakh vehicles remained off the road involving a loss of more than Rs 1,000 crore and the north-eastern region came to “standstill” as a consequence.

The northeast has completely gone on a standstill as the only gateway is from West Bengal and about 30,000 vehicles moving in and out from the northeast are stopped, said a statement from All India Confederation of Goods Vehicle Owners’ Associations (ACOGOA).

West Bengal continues under complete “chakka jam” while in Karnataka also, no vehicle movement was reported, it said, adding that even in Delhi, stoppage of about 4,000 vehicles at Sanjay Gandhi Transport Terminal was reported.

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According to the statement, out of about 5 lakh vehicles, 3 lakh vehicles did not ply on the roads.

In Maharashtra, the markets have reported prices of vegetables like onion undergoing sharp increases.

Truckers called the indefinite strike from Monday protesting against the incessant diesel price increases and daily price changes, continuous increase in toll charges and increasing of third party insurance premium.

Federation of West Bengal Truck Operators’ Association President Mohinder Singh Gill said that “the strike will be continuing till our demand is considered by the Central government”.

–IANS

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