Kolkata, August 22: Truckers in the state have decided to call off their agitation till September 8. This decision comes on the back of the assurance provided by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari that they would meet the truckers and try to resolve the issues which are troubling them. West Bengal: Six Lakh Trucks Off Road as Truckers Go on Indefinite Strike, Perishable Goods and Export-Import Hit.
According to a Times of India report, due to the strike, prices of some commodities have increased, owing to the demand-supply mismatch. Either of the Ministers would be meeting the truckers between August 27 to September 8. Due to the strike, which entered its third day on Wednesday, several perishable items like vegetables got rotten and as a result of which, prices shot up.
The truckers have been on strike since Monday, demanding immediate implementation of revised safe axle weights for transport vehicles among other things. As per the truck operators, almost 25 per cent vehicles have gone off-road due to the continuous loss in the last few years. The truckers have further alleged that they have often been made victims of police harassment.