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Transporters also join Delhi traders' strike

Transporters believe they should join the agitation because it would add to pressure on the govt to stall sealing.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2006 12:19 IST

Commercial truckers in the capital have decided to join traders in the protest against sealing of commercial establishments in residential areas as their business is suffering too.

With a huge force of over 80,000 commercial trucks operating in Delhi every day, the transporters believe they should join the agitation because it would add to pressure on the government to stall sealing.

"We are aware that our joining the strike could lead to problems for the people, but we cannot work because we do not get any business," said Sundeep Jain, general secretary of the Delhi Transporters Association.

According to Jain, truckers do a business of over Rs.1.2 billion a day and handle 800,000 tonnes of material, but have been facing heavy losses because of the ongoing protests that have led to main markets remaining closed.

The decision could have a cascading effect on prices of goods in the city. But Jain said truckers would not stop work completely and supply of essential commodities would not be affected. "We do not do block supply, but if some transporters choose to do so, we cannot help it."

The decision to join the protest could affect trucks coming in from various parts of the country.

Delhi traders launched a three-day strike last week to protest the sealing drive and a one-day shutdown Tuesday - the day after the Supreme Court directed the government to immediately resume the sealing operation.

"Every day, Delhi traders do business of Rs.5 billion. We suffered losses of Rs.15 billion in those three days last week," said Praveen Khandelwal of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT).

"Most of the units that have been sealed still have goods inside. We cannot take the goods out of the shops because they are sealed, so we have no option," added Khandelwal.

First Published: Nov 08, 2006 12:19 IST