Pune: The supply and trade of food products has been heavily impacted by the ongoing nationwide strike of truck operators. They are demanding a reduction in diesel prices and toll fees.
As per information shared by traders of the wholesale market of Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Market Yard, the supply of vegetables, flowers and fruits has been impacted by 15 per cent. Many transport bodies have extended support to the strike, which entered its seventh day on Thursday.
Traders from the wholesale market said that while the prices in the wholesale market of vegetables are steady, short supply is driving up the prices in the retail market. Supply of all commodities in the wholesale market is down by ten per cent.Prices of other commodities like wheat, rice, coconut and others have also seen a rise.
Popatlal Ostwal, President of the Poona Merchants chambers said that they will be appealing to the government to listen to the issues of the transport organisations as commodities’ trade has been heavily impacted by the ‘Chakka Jam’ strike.”Commodities are lying with the farmers, leading to shortage. It is causing losesof crores of rupees to the transport authority as well as traders.” added Osatwal.
Speaking about the ongoing strike, Ram Kadam , president of the Poona District Motor Goods Transport Association, which has over one lakh members, said that that they would not rest until they see positive results to bring relief to the sector.”There have been talks by the transport atuhorities with minsiters in Delhi but nothing conclusive has come out yet of the talks.The strike is indefinite,.” added Kadam. The truck operators are protesting against frequent increase in diesel prices, allegedly exorbitant toll charges, hefty insurance rates, GST and e-way bill burden, waiving toll for school buses and other demands.