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Truck strike pushes up prices in markets

The prices of fish, eggs and other crucial commodities started creeping up in some city markets on Wednesday, as the nationwide truckers’ strike entered its third day. The supply of commodities from Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and other states has been severely affected. Rui and katla fish, brought in from Andhra, were among the worst hit.

Things are likely to turn worse from Thursday, with the Posta Goods Transport Operators’ Association joining the strike. “There will be no loading and unloading in Burrabazar from Thursday,” announced association secretary Sanjoy Upadhyay.

State transport minister Subhas Chakraborty has convened a meeting with the Calcutta Goods Transport Association on Thursday at Writers’ Buildings. “We will not allow the prices of fish and other commodities to soar in the city… Action will be taken against those refusing to transport essential commodities, like baby food, medicines, green vegetables and other perishables. We have also made special arrangements to ensure that the loading and unloading of goods is not disrupted. Firm action will be taken if willing operators are obstructed,” warned Chakraborty.

Also on Wednesday, state chief secretary S.N. Roy met district magistrates, representatives from the Indian Oil Company, director-general of police D.C. Vajpai and police commissioner Sujoy Chakraborty to discuss the implications of the truckers strike.

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