More than Rs 150 crore worth textile business has taken a hit in this textile hub of Tamil Nadu following the lorry owners strike which has entered the third day today, trade sources said.

Textile goods, worth Rs 75 crore and more, are piled up with manufacturers. Similarly more than Rs 25 crore worth of bedsheets in Chennimalai, Rs 20 crore worth of ‘gada’ and other textile goods are with local traders. Garments were also stocked with producers,sources said.

Erode is noted for its textiles and every day more than Rs ten crore worth of textile goods were sent to Gujarat and some other States for dyeing, bleaching and other process.

Because of the lorry strike from August 18 midnight, no lorry was operated to North Indian States and textile manufacturers could not transport their goods.

Similarly, dispatch of turmeric, oil, leather and other products have also been affected and the products have piled up with manufacturers and traders.

Lorry owners have said they would intensify the strike from Monday. Local lorries operating within the state would be stopped from that day, they said.

The Truckers are protesting the rise in diesel prices and toll charges, among others.

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