The Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industry has threatened to stop transportation of goods and vegetables to Goa from Sunday if the Goa government fails to scrap the entry tax imposed on vehicles entering the State.
President of the Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Manguirish Pai Raikar confirmed this information and told The Hindu here that they had received a fax from Belgaum chamber in this regard requesting the GCCI’s intervention to persuade Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar not to impose this entry tax.
Wholesale traders from Belgaum have also cautioned that they will have no option than hiking prices of all commodities traded in Goa from Belgaum, Mr. Pai Raikar said.
Mr. Pai Raikar disclosed that members of the Belgaum chamber were trying to meet Mr. Parrikar in this regard as their attempts to get in touch with Goa Minister for Transport Ramkrishna Dhavlikar did not succeed.
A meeting organised by the Belgaum chamber in Belgaum was reportedly attended by traders in vegetables, milk, grains, textiles, steel, automobiles and coal as well as taxi operators.
According to the Belgaum chamber’s information, almost 5,000 vehicles ply on the Goa-Belgaum road every day.
The vehicles use NH 4A and 4B to transport goods from Belgaum to Goa.