THANJAVUR: People of Thanjavur and Tiruvarur districts started feeling the pinch of the lorry strike which entered the second day on Thursday. Nearly 1,250 tonnes of urea which came from Vishakapattinam to Thanjavur by train remained in the goods wagons as there were no lorries to transport them to Primary Agriculture Co-operative Banks.
With nearly 1,000 lorries and oil tankers off the road, the loadmen idled at the railway station. Vegetables coming from far off places did not arrive in the market.
However Uzhavar sandhais functioned with vegetables brought from the nearby places in buses and share autos.
The major vegetable markets at Keelavasal and Ayyankadai street sold the old vegetable stocks. Petrol bunks also cleared the stocks. Things may worsen on Friday, traders said.
The nationwide strike by All India Motor Transport Congress to protest against increased highway toll tax and duty structure on diesel was total in Ariyalur district on Thursday.
Cement factories in the district bore the brunt of the strike due to the disruption caused to movement of raw materials and produce. Lorries were parked in large numbers near the factories.
Collector R. Sudalaikannan said in a press release issued here today that there was no shortage in the supply of food materials, milk, vegetables and petroleum products. Since Ariyalur was a predominantly rural district, it was self-sufficient in vegetables. Normal supply of vegetables was maintained in the Uzhavar Sandhais through mini-vans, autos and two-wheelers.
Plantain-growers continued to remain affected. A large number of plantain-cultivators in parts of the district have postponed the harvest of the produce, lest it should perish.
District president of Lorry Owners’ Association Rama Mahalingam said that about 2,000-odd lorries in the district, including 200 in Pudukottai town, were off the road for the second day today.
He said that the impact of the strike would be felt only after a couple of days when vegetables and other essential commodities got exhausted.
Normal life in the Cauvery delta region of Nagapattinam district was not affected. Essential commodities including milk, vegetables, rice, petrol, diesel, domestic LPG are being moved by Government vehicles.
Movement of salt from Vedaranyam to several parts of the State had been affected.
There was no impact of the strike in Karaikal district in the Union Territory of Puducherry However, traders fear that if the lorry strike continued for a few more days, there could be problems in getting rice, vegetables, etc.