Coal transport hit in Talcher as truck owners launch indefinite strike

Talcher: Coal transport service was badly affected in Tacher area of Angul district today following an indefinite strike by Talcher Truck Owners’ Association in demand for a hike in freight charge.

As many as 2,500 truck owners who have engaged their truck at various coal mines in the area joined strike which started from mid night yesterday putting over 7,000 off road.

Coal transport to NALCO, NTPC and Jindal Steel Plant was badly affected due to the ongoing strike causing a halt in the production.

The State truck owners’ association has also extended its support to the strike of late.

“We had conveyed the administration about our decision to go on a strike in advance but no step was taken. Following the launch of the strike transportation of coal by truck from mines located on Lingaraj to Hingula stretch has been stopped completely and the situation will continue till our demands are met,” informed Tukuna Swain, President of the association.

The truck owners in the district have claimed that as the cost of fuel, spare parts and insurance has gone up sharply in past few months there is a growing need of hike in freight charges.

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