Truck movement in West Bengal remains unaffected

Kolkata, Oct 1 (IANS) Movement of trucks within West Bengal remained unaffected on Thursday with the state’s largest truckers’ body not participating directly in the indefinite, nationwide strike called by the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) to oppose the toll system.

“We have lent moral support to the issues on which the strike has been called. Though we are not opposing the strike, we are not directly participating in the strike. There is no effect on the movement of trucks in the state,” Federation of West Bengal Truck Operators Association general secretary Subhas Chandra Bose told IANS.

Bose, however, said with the strike drawing a good response in the country’s southern region, the number of trucks coming in from states like Andhra Pradesh has dwindled.

“If such a situation continues over the next few days, we will have shortage of items like fish and eggs, as we import them mainly from Andhra.”

When asked about the impact of the strike in other states, he said: “There is no loading of trucks in Gujarat. Seventy percent of vehicles were on the road in Mumbai, while the response was mixed in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha.”

An Agartala report said that movement of trucks was hit in Tripura.

“We have joined the strike as we support the issues,” Tripura Truck Owners’ Association president Rupak Roy Burman told IANS in Agartala.

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