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STOCKPILE: Salt being stored in Tuticorin on Tuesday. — Photo : N.Rajesh
STOCKPILE: Salt being stored in Tuticorin on Tuesday. — Photo : N.Rajesh

The lorry strike, which has entered the fifth day, has resulted in accumulation of salt in various parts of the district.

As there was no alternative to stocking the finished goods, the stakeholders were going through a harrowing experience. As many as 300 heavy vehicles would be engaged in transporting salt daily on an average to various destinations from Tuticorin, A.R.A.S. Dhanabalan, Secretary, Tuticorin Small Scale Salt Manufacturers Association, said here on Tuesday.

Normally, 20 tonnes of salt would be loaded in a vehicle. The strike has led to a stockpile of 30,000 tonnes. The price of salt might come down, slightly, he added. If demand for export was high, the manufacturers could be relieved, he added.

M.S.A. Peter Jebaraj, President, Gandhi Irwin Salt Manufacturers' Association, said the production of salt had not been affected since August was the peak season for production. Workers concerning with the scraping of salt were available to some extent but the absence of men to fill the bags was a cause for concern, he added.

S. Petchimuthu, a manufacturer, said the salt pan workers were not turning up regularly. The finished goods from forty free flow salt plants could not be marketed. Salt for edible and industrial purposes was being made from the free flow salt plants here, Mr. Petchimuthu added.

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