They had promised to shift to truck terminal by January 18

Finally, officials of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) have begun to shift transport companies and godowns located in the heart of the city.

The officials seized 41 transport offices located in residential areas on Friday as they did not respond to the notices served on them by the VMC. At a meeting with the Vijayawada Guntur Tenali Mangalagiri Urban Development Authority (VGTMUDA) recently, the truckers sought some time to move to the truck terminal at Ibrahimpatnam on the city outskirts. They promised to shift by January 18. As many as 11 associations, including Goods Transport Association, expressed their willingness to move to the truck terminal.

As there was no sign of the transporters shifting to the truck terminal from the One Town area, the corporation served notices on them many a time under the Public Health Act.

Municipal Commissioner G. Ravi Babu, subsequently, constituted two teams — one each under AMOH Z. Srinivasa Rao and AMOH Iqbal — to crack the whip on the offices that did not fall in line.

The VMC, the VGTMUDA, and the police had been asking the truckers and the transporters to shift. The UDA spent a little more than Rs.16 crore for creating infrastructure such as shops, godowns, offices, and tyre repair units. In all, 780 goods transporters purchased shops, offices or godowns at the terminal constructed nearly a decade ago in an area of more than 75 acres.

The associations had asked for more godowns at the terminal. The UDA assured them that the vacant 21 row godowns would be allocated at the present market rate to them.