Special Correspondent

Transportation of essentials too disrupted

Truckers sore over petrol pumps selling only branded fuel

Tomato and mango farmers badly hit by lorry drivers’ strike

TIRUPATI: With trucks staying off the road for the second day on Thursday, the flow of essential commodities, including vegetables, remained disrupted throwing normal life out of gear in Chittoor district.

Though the protesters had given permission for trucks transporting essential commodities to ply, in effect not many trucks plied.

What compounded the problem was the diesel shortage.

Transport operators are sore over the petrol pumps selling only highly priced branded diesel and petrol saying that the ordinary varieties are out of stock.

Tirupati Member of Parliament Chintha Mohan, besides lodging a complaint in this regard with the Petroleum Secretary, Government of India, also convened a meeting at the RDO’s office here with the authorities concerned to find ways to ease the situation.

He complained to the Petroleum Secretary that the oil companies were not supplying diesel to the petrol pumps and sought his immediate intervention.

Pilgrims stranded

Trucks were seen parked in open areas around the dhabas on the outskirts of the city, while their crew hung around with some cooking food on the roadside and others sleeping underneath their lorries. Pilgrims visiting Tirupati/Tirumala also were stranded here and there with their vehicles and the tourist buses running out of fuel.

Hamalis, whose lifeline is the transport sector, were left high and dry. The strike has badly hit the tomato and mango farmers of the district who supply bulk of their stocks to Bangalore, Tirupati and Chittoor.