Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: The impact of the indefinite and nation-wide truckers strike started trickling gradually on the city markets on Thursday as arrivals from other districts and States were hit to a certain extent.

Wholesale dealers in Gandhi Market and banana growers from the Thottiyam belt in the district were among the worst hit as they could not send their stocks and produce to retail markets. Many had to depend on the goods vans, but had to shell out higher than usual freight charges.

Retail traders at the Gandhi Market, the hub of commercial trading of essential commodities in the city, said that there was not much problem in getting arrivals within the district. Some consignments, especially vegetables, from other districts were also received through buses.

Wholesale traders left with perishable stocks were keeping their fingers crossed, hoping that the strike would come to an end and avert major losses, said Kadher Mohideen, a trader at the Gandhi Market.

No scarcity

Though there was no scarcity situation of vegetables at the retail market here, English vegetable arrivals have been hit and consequently resulted in a rise in their price.

According to the Tiruchi District Lorry Owners Association about 5,000 lorries from the district were off the roads for the second consecutive day.

Some of the cargo agencies resorted to moving their consignments by rail.