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Bihar truckers' refusal affects transportation

Bihar Motor Transport Federation's decision not to enter Assam has affected transportation of essential commodities.

india Updated: Nov 26, 2003 20:46 IST

The decision of the Bihar Motor Transport Federation not to enter Assam following the attack on Biharis in the state has affected transportation of essential commodities.

Trucks enter Assam through two check gates -- Chagolia on the border with West Bengal and Srirampur Gate in Kokrajhar district of Assam.

In the past four days very few trucks had entered the state through the two check gates though the State Government had assured them that they would be escorted with security, official sources said here today.

After the decision of the Bihar Motor Transport Federation not to enter Assam, not a single truck entered the state since yesterday affecting supply of essential commodities though at present there was requisite stock and no imminent shortage was likely, the sources added.

On an average nearly 300 trucks enter the state through Chagolia while 1,200 trucks enter through Srirampur gates carrying mostly essential commodities from North India.

Police escorts are being provided for convoys of 10-15 trucks, but the truck-drivers are not willing to cross the Bengal border in fear of attacks, the sources said.

Bihar truckers have demanded that the goods be transhipped to trucks owned by local transporters in Assam and many have opted for it in order to avoid crisis of essential commodities.

The Assam Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi, hadsaid that if necessary trucks would be requisitioned to bring in essential commodities.

"We cannot allow the supply line to be snapped putting the people here in difficulty. We will bring in the goods through trucks or trains," the Chief Minister asserted.

"Now there is stock of food items, but the halting of truck movement from Bihar will certainly affect us. We will request Bihar to take up the matter," Gogoi said.

First Published: Nov 26, 2003 00:00 IST