Talcher: Coal transportation from the Talcher coalfields has been badly hit as truck owners’ association launched indefinite strike today demanding increase in the freight charge.
Mining operations in the belt has come to a grinding halt due to indefinite strike by transporters and truck operators. About 1000 trucks are engaged to carry coal by road from Talcher coalfields to various parts of the state. Scores of drivers have also joined the agitation.
The transporters are demanding hike in freight charges keeping in view the constant rise in prices of diesel.
The truck owners are hard hit due to the rise in fuel prices, annual insurance fees, spare parts and periodic maintenance besides the wage hike of drivers and helpers.
Transporters would find it tough to go ahead with their business if the truck fare was not revised, said an agitator. The vehicles would remain off the roads till the government accepts all our demands, a truck owner said.
The agitators urged the concerned officials to take immediate step to hike freight charges for coping with the surge in the recent diesel price.