Cochin Truck Strike Continues

Transporters’ nationwide strike entered its fifth day on Monday amid a continued deadlock between the agitating apex truckers body AIMTC and the government, affecting movement of goods in various parts of the country,  the Journal of Commerce reports.

The stoppage is causing a buildup of import containers in the southern harbor as the majority of the inland freight transport to and from Vallarpadam is carried by road.

The strike is a big blow for Vallarpadam as the terminal was looking to ramp up volume this month on the back of the fiscal year-ending rush, according to local trade circles.

Representatives of All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), which is demanding scrapping of the present toll system, were to meet road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari later in the evening today to find a solution. As previous consultations with the government has failed to resolve the deadlock, AIMTC has also sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in the matter.

The government has proposed electronic-toll collection system in the entire country by December, but the transporters claim this was not a practical solution as a pilot project in this regard was not successful.

Apart from demanding scrapping of the present toll collection system, which AIMTC says is a tool of harassment for truckers, it is also seeking a one-time payment of taxes and simplification of the TDS procedure.

RCL Agencies continues to monitor the situation and provide more updates once available.