Steel city truckers call for indefinite strike
The Jamshedpur Truck and Trailer Owners Association have called for a 'Chakka Jam' from August 10, in support of their various demands.
Movement of around 3000 heavy vehicles including trucks, trailers and dumpers will come to a grinding halt.
Members of the association met here on Sunday to chalk out a strategy of the indefinite stir.
"The rise in diesel prices has led to a huge business loss for us. Diesel prices have crossed Rs 95 in Jamshedpur while in several other states including neighbouring Bihar diesel prices have touched around Rs 100. The hike in prices of diesel coupled with no increase in freight and transportation charges by our vendors has taken a heavy toll on our business," explained Hassan Khan, vice- president of Jamshedpur Truck and Trailer Owners Association.
He went on to say that if such a situation continues many truck owners would be compelled to withdraw from the business.
There are about 2,000 operators who run their heavy vehicles for transporting steel metal, billets and TMT bars from Tata Steel and other companies to different parts of the country.
The transporters outfit had earlier on Friday approached the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Suraj Kumar and had submitted a memorandum with the latter's office highlighting their demands.
The association through a memorandum also apprised the state transport minister Champai Soren, about their difficulties.
The association asked all the truck and trailer owners to park their vehicles at Transport Nagar in Mango and participate in the indefinite agitation.
Transport department sources said the agitation would affect movement of raw-materials as well as finished products from the companies here to various parts of the country.