Lorry strike from today in Hyderabad
Over 2.75 lakh goods transport vehicles will be off the roads across the state as the Telangana Lorry Owners’ Association (TLOA) took a decision to go on strike from Wednesday. However, vehicles carrying fuel, milk and water have been exempted from the strike.
During talks with representatives of unions on Tuesday, transport department officials sought time to resolve their demands. Principal secretary (Transport) Sunil Sharma, transport commissioner Sandeep Sultania and other officials participated in the talks and sought a week’s time. However, TLOA members refused to budge from their stand and decided to go on strike from Wednesday.
TLOA members said their two main demands are that the Telangana government should reduce quarterly tax (existing fee is Rs 7,000) since it was the tax imposed on vehicles in 23 districts in the undivided AP. Besides, the union also wanted both Telangana and AP governments to come to an understanding on the issue of Counter Signature Permit, a yearly permission given for plying transport vehicles between the states by paying a fixed tax.
He also said that for plying in Karnataka or Orissa or another state, counter signature permit was needed, which would be based on the agreement reached by the representatives of the two states.
“For Telangana lorries plying in Andhra Pradesh, the Telangana government is charging Rs 1,400 as one-time permit fee, which is financially draining us. We have information that though the AP government had sent a proposal for an agreement for the benefit of transporters, the Telangana government has not responded. During talks with government officials, they did not give any assurance on our two demands. As a result, we are going on strike,” the TLOA representatives said.
The union members, however, decided to give exemption to vehicles carrying essential commodities like fuel, milk and water for a couple of days. The impending strike was felt from Tuesday itself as transport operators refused to take orders.