West-Bengal, India

Six district truckers strike will drive up fruit and veg prices

Kolkota vendors are looking at a 10 percent price hike on fruits and vegetables if there is short supply due to truck strike called by the Federation of West Bengal Truck Operators Associations. The fruits and vegetables prices are expected to rise due to a 72-hour-strike that was started on Monday by truck operators. The Association demanded the implementation of Revision of Safe Axle Weights of Goods Vehicles and police atrocities amongst others.

"Every day, around 150 trucks loaded with fruits come here [Machua, ed.]. If these trucks don't come here, then the prices increase," said a fruit seller at the Machua fruit market. Vegetable vendors in different markets across the city pointed out that price of onions and potatoes are likely to go up.

"In view of three day strike called by a section of Truck Operators' Association in West Bengal, Regional Transport offices have been kept on high alert from this morning," an official of the state Transport department told millenniumpost.in. He reiterated that partial impact of the strike has been sporadically reported at six districts. These are Jalpaiguri, Malda, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Nadia and Paschim Medinipur.

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