No major impact of truckers’ agitation
Movement of goods across the country was partially affected due to the truckers strike that entered the second day on Thursday but its impact was not seen in major states in the West and East. While in Maharashtra majority of truck operators refused to join the protest called by the All India Motor Transport Congress as also in Bihar.
Impact of the strike could be seen in the four southern states of Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu where transportation of goods was affected, fuelling fears of shortages, if the protest continues for few more days.
In Karnataka, more than 2, 50,000 trucks went off the road causing a loss of Rs 150 crores to the state exchequer. It put a to transportation of fish and vegetables from neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala to Bangalore. The busy Salem-Bangalore National Highway wore a deserted look with lorries parked on the roadside.
In Bihar, the impact was minimal as the truckers there are yet to join in. At present, mandis have not been affected because goods are available at warehouses for the next last five days.
“Essential Commodities like rice come from Kanpur and Delhi while wheat comes from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat. Pulses normally come from Madhya Pradesh, fish from Andhrya Pradesh and dry fruits come from Maharastra and other parts of the country. The rates may go up in next five days", he said.
The worst affected is Jammu and Kashmir, which is anyway at a standstill owing to the trouble over the land row for the past 10 days. The truckers strike has only multiplied the problem, of shortage of essential commodities.