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Ponda transporters to support nationwide strike tomorrow

Ponda: Ponda Goods Transport Association (PGTA) has extended their support to the nationwide chakka jam (strike) of transporters and has decided to keep all their vehicles off road on July 20.

“Around 400 transporters in the state will keep their vehicles off road and cancel all their bookings to support the nationwide chakka jam (strike) called by the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) to protest various issues including rise in diesel prices”, said Firoz Khan, president of PGTA by holding a press briefing at Ponda. Along with him member Nagraj Naidu, Milind Samant and others were present for the briefing.

The transporters have been demanding a reduction in diesel prices, abolishing state and centre taxes and bringing fuel price under Goods and Service Tax (GST), toll barrier free India and reduction in third party insurance premiums.

There are around 400 truck transporters in the state out of which 350 are from Ponda, informed Nagraj Naidu, member of PGTA. “Each day around 800 trucks enter and leave the state” he added.

The strike is likely to have an impact on import-export trade, port operations, transportation of manufacturing and industrial goods and commodities. [NT]

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