Transporters’ strike fizzles out on Day 1
The Truck Drivers’ Associations’ ‘chakka jam’ fizzled out on the very first day as several trucks, and tempos loaded with goods were seen plying across the city on Friday.mumbai Updated: Aug 20, 2011 01:26 IST
The Truck Drivers’ Associations’ ‘chakka jam’ fizzled out on the very first day as several trucks, and tempos loaded with goods were seen plying across the city on Friday.
The officials from the regional transport office (RTO) said that it seemed that there was no strike at all and trucks registered at Thane, Vashi, Mumbai and even other states such as Karnataka were seen on the road.
“We have allowed all heavy vehicles carrying food grains, vegetables, milk, fruits and other essential commodities to safely ply from the wholesale market to the retail market,” said a member of the All India Motor Transport Congress. They claimed that as these vehicles were allowed to run, people felt that the strike was a failure.
Even transport officials were seen making rounds of the city to see if there was any need to call for emergency trucks to ferry essential goods and commodities. “We called up all the markets and shops where essential commodities are supplied and found them to be properly stocked,” said M Jadhav, RTO (Tardeo).
The associations and unions that have maintained a tough stand on this strike, now say that their cause of strike is the same to what social activist Anna Hazare has been espousing for and so there is a low-key participation by truckers and tempos.
The associations are comparing their fight with Anna Hazare’s campaign against corruption. “It is not that the strike has failed. We are indirectly fighting a battle against corruption along with Anna Hazare,” said S Kale, secretary, Bombay Goods Transport Association.
The members from other truck and tempo unions said that the government is busy handling other issues, which resulted in a mild response to the protest.
Some of their demands include decreasing the toll collected from the transporters at toll plazas and reducing the sum that has to be paid by the transporters under third party insurance. They are also protesting against the hike in fuel prices and a hike to the tune of 135% on toll charges on national highways apart from 68% hike in third-party insurance and tyre prices hike by 30%. The association also wants uniform diesel prices across all states.