The hike in diesel price to the tune of Rs 5 per litre is bound to affect people's budgets as the transporters engaged in ferrying of goods have increased the charges immediately after the price rise came in to effect.
With the increase in diesel price, the transportation charges have increased by about Rs 1.50 per kilometre, thereby affecting the overall transportation charges.
Sarabjit Singh, general secretary of Punjab State Goods Transporters' Association, said, "The transportation charges have been raised from Thursday night soon after the rise in diesel prices was announced."
"The transporters were left with no other option but to raise the charges because they alone can't bear the brunt of increased diesel prices," he said.
"Our only hope lies with the state government because it can provide some relief to transporters as well as common man by reducing the VAT on petrol and diesel to bring down the prices in state," he said.
"The transportation charge from Ludhiana to Mumbai has increased by about Rs 4,100 while for New Delhi the rise is of about Rs 1,100. Within Punjab, the transportation charge for Amritsar to Ludhiana has increased by about Rs 500. While for other cities such as Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkata, the rise in transportation charges is much more," he said.
Customers will have to bear the burden of the rise in diesel price. Sandeep Wadhwa, vice-president of Ludhiana Transporters' Welfare Association, said, "The common people will ultimately have to bear the burden of the rise in the price of diesel because it will result in the rise in prices of things of daily need.
The move will also affect small transporters. The government should have thought before taking such a decision to raise the diesel price drastically."