To bring vegetables, rice, milk from villages
DINDIGUL: With the nationwide indefinite strike by truck operators entering the second day, the district administration has roped in private operators and Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (Division-IV) Limited for transporting essential commodities. Special buses would also be operated to ‘uzhavar sandhais’( farmers’ markets) from vegetable producing villages, said Collector R. Vasuki.
Speaking to media persons here on Thursday, the Collector said that private bus operators and the State Transport Corporation had agreed to provide their fleet to transport vegetables, rice, milk and other essential commodities to other parts of the district and even to neighbouring States.
“If farmers or traders approach respective branch managers of TNSTC or private operators or STC authorities, they would offer their buses. The buses services should be utilised only for transporting goods, she said.
Seats at the rear of some buses would be removed to facilitate transportation of vegetables and milk to towns from nearby villages. Arrival of vegetables to ‘uzhavar shandhai’ here had shot up to 12 tonnes and expected to rise to 15 tonnes within a day or two.
Special bus services
Special buses would be operated to the shandy from Gopalpatti, Vellode Senthurai and Kovilpatti, to Palani ‘uzhavar sandhai’ from K.K. Valasu, Narikkalpatti, Kaavalipatti, Ayyampalayam, Veppamvalasu and Chatrapatti and to Chinnalapatti market from Nilakottai, Panjampatti and Vellode. Farmers could use these services to transport vegetables.
Agriculture officials had been advised to issue identity cards to new farmers immediately so that they could start selling their vegetables in the market.
Application forms would be issued and spot registration made at the shandy itself, she added.
In reply to a question, she said that diesel and petrol were being supplied through all the 75 petrol pumps. The required quantum of eggs for this week had been dispatched to all noon meal centres. The total egg requirement for a week was 7.58 lakhs.
Special police squad had been formed to prevent disruption in transport of essential goods, Ms. Vasuki added.