In Madhya Pradesh, truck drivers have increased freight rates, and the impact of rising fuel prices can now be clearly felt, while bus operators threaten to strike next week, demanding higher passenger fares as well.
In the past week, truckers have increased tariffs by up to 15%, although unofficially. Transporters are increasing prices and freight operators are adding surcharges for transportation of goods as they grapple with the hike in fuel rates.
Follow-up effects of the hike in the rates of petrol and diesel are apparent now in the markets as the increased logistical costs for companies and products are apparent on the market shelves. Truck rentals have shot up for perishable items, such as fruits and vegetables, making them more expensive.
“Vegetables and fruits are coming to Bhopal on increased freight charges, thereby making them costlier,” Kamal Panjwani of Harsh Transport told freepressjournal.in. “The truckers had hiked the basic fare by about 10%-15% from February 15. It’s expected to increase further.”
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