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Appeal to ban heavy vehicles

Shillong, Feb. 12: Truck owners’ associations and social organisations have appealed to the Meghalaya government to ban heavy vehicles from loading coal from Jaintia Hills.

But they asked the government to allow trucks (10-wheelers and above) only from the Northeast to carry cement products from the district to ease traffic congestion.

The appeal came from a meeting held at Mookhep in Jaintia Hills yesterday.

The participants in the meeting include members of All Cachar Truck Owners’ Association, Barak Valley Truck Owners’ Association, West Cachar Truck Owners’ Association, Kaligorah Truck Owners’ Association, Jaintia Hills Truck Owners’ Association, Meghalaya Commercial Truck Owners’ and Operator Association, Northeast Truck Owners’ Welfare, All Northeast Truck Owners’ Association, Khasi Students’ Union and All Jaintia Youth Welfare Organisation.

General secretary of the Jaintia Hills Truck Owners’ Association Enrico D. Pasi said the meeting decided to suggest a ban on trucks (10-wheelers and above) from loading coal from Jaintia Hills to ferry to other parts of the country. It was also decided to suggest to the government to allow trucks (10 and 12-wheelers) only from the Northeast to carry cement products from the district, Pasi said.

The participants said narrow roads have led to snarls, which has affected the economy of truckers. “After the discussion, the meeting decided that the main reason for the traffic congestion were the trucks with all-India permits,” Pasi said. The associations will again meet this week in Shillong to decide on their future course of action.