The Ganpati festival might just get costlier with the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) announcing a 24-hour strike starting September 19 midnight to protest the diesel price hike. The strike could affect the supply of essential goods in the city during the Ganesh festival.
Over 5,500 trucks enter in the city daily, 2,500 supply the essential goods such as vegetables, fruits, milk and gas. As a result, vegetable and fruits prices are likely to rise during the festive season, when its demand is at its peak.
Although, AIMTC has exempted essential goods suppliers from the protest, they didn’t rule out possibility of suppliers joining the protest voluntarily. “The diesel price hike has affected both essential and non-essential goods suppliers. We have exempted suppliers of milk, vegetables, fruits and gas from the agitation, but there is possibility of them joining voluntarily,” said Bal Malkit Singh, president of AIMTC.
Altogether, 75 lakh trucks, tankers and containers in the country are likely to join the protest.
Transporters are also planning an indefinite protest from October 18 if the hike is not rolled back.
Transporters have demanded uniformity in diesel prices across the nation and are protesting the increased insurance premium and rising toll charges. They also complained that the sales tax on diesel (24%) is the highest in the country.