State transporters’ association protests against fuel price hike

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 22 September 2018

They threaten state-wide chakka jam agitation if rates are not decreased

Pune: The Maharashtra State Goods and Transport Association (MSGTA) of Pune has protested against the Central and state governments for continuously increasingly prices of fuel.
The association members agitated in front of the Regional Transport Office (RTO), Pune on Friday. In the past few weeks, petrol price has been hiked by Rs 27 in the country.

During the protest, hundreds of association members were present. They demanded the State government should think about the rising fuel rates.

“The government has no sense. They are only thinking about their own and transport owners are suffering due to their wrong decisions. If the price rise continuous, we will have to increase rates of transporting of goods, which will impact the common man’s pocket,” said MSGTA President Baba Shinde.

“We demand the State government decrease the price as soon as possible. If they don’t, we have to hike transport charges. We have no other option,” he said.

The association has threatened a statewide ‘chakka jam’, if fuel prices do not go down. “Earlier this year, there was a nationwide ‘chakka jam’ over the issue. The Centre had assured that fuel prices will not be hiked for three months. We will stop all commercial goods carrying vehicles from entering or exiting the state, if fuel prices don’t drop within a fortnight,” Shinde said.

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