2,00,000 trucks stay off the roads in State

Petrol tank owners also join strike

Normal life remained unaffected as the nationwide-strike called by truckers entered day five on Tuesday.

In Hyderabad and Telangana, about 2,00,000 trucks are off the roads. About 3,000 trucks transporting petroleum products also went off the road at 6 a.m. on Tuesday as part of the 24-hour flash strike. “There will no impact on common people, Telangana State Road Transport Corporation and Railways will be affected due to the strike,” said Rajasekhar Reddy of Telangana Petroleum Tank Trucks Owners’ Association.

About 30,000 small and medium lorries plying and have become the lifeline for Hyderabad and other cities in Telangana.

Outside the Mehdipatnam Rythu Bazaar (closed on Tuesday), prices of vegetables remained nearly constant over the past five days with onion price going up from ₹22 to ₹ 25 and carrot prices going up from ₹45 to ₹50 per kilo. “We have exempted milk, vegetables and other essentials from the strike. The petroleum tanker owners have joined strike now.It will only get worse if the government doesn't concede our demands,” said N. Bhaskar Reddy of Telangana Lorry Owners Association.

Movement of cement, sand, and other construction material has been affected and also impacted transport of export quality rice and cereals to Krishnapatnam, Kakinada and Visakhapatnam port, he said.

The association is demanding inclusion of diesel under Goods and Services Tax in the 18% tax slab besides a host of other demands. “The number of toll gates have doubled and toll rates are raised arbitrarily twice a year. Even empty vehicles have to pay the same toll as a fully laden vehicle,” said Mr. Reddy.

“The number of toll gates in Telangana have gone up from 13 two years back to 16 at present,” informed a National Highway Authority of India official. Nationally, the number of toll plazas in 2016 was 394 while the number has gone up to 462 in 2018.

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