Jamshedpur: At the strike at midnight the Jamshedpur Truck and Trailer Owners Association went on indefinite strike in support of their demands. Movement of over 3,000 trucks and trailers came to a halt.
The association has demanded the government to take immediate steps to bring down the price of diesel. The association has also demanded a hike in transportation charges for raw materials, especially iron ore supplied from Barbil and other parts of Odisha to industries in Jamshedpur and its adjoining areas.
” We have no choice left but to go on strike. With this supply of raw materials, especially iron ore, required in steel industries and sponge iron plants would be affected as trucks and trailers won’t ply from August 1 due to the indefinite strike. We have also submitted a memorandum in this regard with the office of East Singhbhum deputy commissioner and senior SP,” said association’s president Jasbir Singh.
He said that the wheels of about 900 heavy vehicles plying in Odisha and surrounding areas will stop from August 1. The association will also forcibly stop more than one thousand trucks coming from Odisha by making checkposts in Baharagora.
Singh went on to add that truck owners of Jharkhand are being given Rs 500 per ton less than the Odisha trucks by Kharagpur Rashmi Metallic and Odisha Metallic, while Kolhan’s drivers are spending much more to transport the goods to the destination. The price of diesel has increased by 15 rupees a litre.
“We are demanding a hike in transportation charge of iron ore and other raw materials for industries. Currently, we get Rs 1,050 for carrying per tonne of iron ore. Our demand is to raise the per tonne carrying charge to Rs 1,500,” added the senior functionary of the association.
The association is also preparing a task force for preventing entry of heavy vehicles from other states at the borders.