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Truckers to strike at common man’s pocket

The transporters’ strike entered its second day amid support from other quarters.

Written by Express News Service | Ludhiana |
January 7, 2009 11:10:45 pm

Trucks ferrying essential goods to join the stir today : Industry says demand is ‘genuine’

The transporters’ strike entered its second day amid support from other quarters. Apart from a few industry associations,the LPG tempo union,oil tankers union and truckers ferrying essential items have also decided to join the strike from tomorrow.

Charan Singh Lohara,President,All-India Motor Transport Congress,said,“We have got support from other unions as well. This will affect the supply of fuel,LPG,fruits and vegetables in the coming days. We are not asking anyone to join us but they are voluntarily doing so.”

Meanwhile,the United Cycles and Parts Manufacturers’ Association and Fasteners’ Association have also supported the strike. Both unions termed the transporters’ demand as ‘genuine’.

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However,PHD Chamber of Commerce co-chairman R S Sachdeva said,“The entire economy depends on the road transportation industry,which accounts for over 70 per cent of the cargo movement in the country. If the strike continues,it will take a big hit on common man’s pocket.”

Infrastructure projects which are in progress will also be hit as it would affect the supply of cement and steel goods,he added. Sachdeva has appealed to the state government to take steps to discourage the truck unions from stopping private vehicles from ferrying goods.

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