Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 1:
Nearly two lakh trucks from Odisha today remained off the road due to the indefinite nationwide strike called by All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) to protest against the prevalent toll system.
The truckers’ bodies are demanding scrapping of toll system and one-time payment of taxes, state government’s proposed green tax besides simplification of TDS.
While around 1.7 lakh trucks from Odisha have joined the strike, nearly 87 lakh trucks across the country have joined the chakka jam. However, essential commodities and perishable goods like milk, vegetables and medicine have been kept off the purview of the strike.
“The BJP government at the Centre has increased the number of toll gates following which we are facing numerous problems including unnecessary burning of fuel due to stranding, causing pollution. While a Delhi trip used to take four days, now it is taking seven days. We stop at toll gates and then proceed which is delaying our delivery system,” a member of Rasulgarh truck association here said.
“The transport agencies are not generating TDS certificates in time as a result of which we are facing difficulties in claims. We demand abolition of TDS system,” another member demanded.
Transporters went on indefinite strike after talks between the government and AIMTC delegation failed.
“We oppose the proposed Green tax to be levied by the state government. Bhubaneswar being the capital city, it does not have a parking lot for the trucks. We often face problems from police concerning parking of vehicles. We demand a separate parking space for the trucks in the capital city,” a member of the association demanded.