Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 22:
With the truckers’ strike in Odisha’s Keonjhar and Sundargarh districts entering the third day, the state Transport Minister today said that the government would take a call on the dispute over fixation of freight rate soon.
“The Transport Commissioner has already submitted a report and freight rate would be fixed soon,” state Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi said.
Notably, the truck and tipper operators in Sundargarh and Keonjhar districts have called for a strike over freight rate dispute among vehicle operators and transporters of various sponge iron industries and mines paralysing mineral transport in the entire iron ore bearing area in the state.
Around 30,000 trucks and tippers in Sundargarh and Keonjhar have gone off the roads in protest against the state government’s proposed move to fix a ceiling on transport cost and award of transportation contracts through the e-tendering process.
As many as a dozen associations in Sundargarh and four in Keonjhar have joined the agitation, sources said.
The strike has hit iron ore despatches by about 2, 00, 000 tonne per day, which it is causing a revenue loss of Rs 12 crore a day to the state exchequer by way of royalty, sources added.