Truckers’ strike enters fourth day; mining operations in limbo

Keonjhar/ Sundergarh: The strike by truckers in protest of the new tariff fixation mechanism entered its fourth day bringing mineral transportation in Keonjhar and Sundergarh district to a standstill. As many as 19 truck and tipper associations are taking part in the strike.

Around 30,000 trucks and tippers in the two mineral rich districts have been on strike protesting against State government’s move to fix a ceiling on transport cost and award of transportation contracts through the e-tendering process.

Earlier yesterday, Commerce and Transport minister Ramesh Chandra Majhi told mediapersons “The Transport commissioner has submitted a report and freight rate would be fixed soon.”

Notably, the State government decided to introduce a ceiling price for transportation charges last month. As per the new pricing mechanism, any violation of the ceiling will attract cancellation of the transport licence of the erring transporting agency.