Truckers continue strike ; disrupts goods supply to some areas

Friday, Oct 2, 2015,11:52 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Yesterday truckers called up a nationwide indefinite strike on the call of All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) to protest against the present toll system. Demanding scrapping of the present toll system, apex transporters body AIMTC continued its nationwide strike for the second consecutive day today, disrupting supply of goods to various parts of the country. 

While supply of essential commodities like milk, vegetables and medicines have been kept out of the purview of the strike, its impact was seen in various parts of the country, including Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, among other places. They told they will continue the strike till the government comes out with some practical solution to our problem. We are not against paying toll but we are demanding it in an annualised form. The electronic toll collection system as promised by the government is not practical, All India Motor Transport Congress President Bhim Wadhwa said.
Wadhwa said the cumulative loss to truckers on account of the strike, which began yesterday at 6 am, will be about Rs 3,000 crore, while to the government it would be over Rs 20,000 crore in two days. However, the government has refused to budge from its stance and said it cannot scrap the toll collection system. Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said , It is up to them to continue their strike. Government cannot scrap toll. We have already assured to implement electronic tolling system pan India by December. He appealed them to call off the strike.