Palakkad: The indefinite strike by truck owners and employees demanding expansion of facilities at Walayar check-post on the Tamil Nadu–Kerala border has begun.
The Toll Committee of All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), Tamil Nadu and Coimbatore, had been complaining for the last few years about the inordinate delay in clearing of trucks at the Walayar check-post. With no solution in sight, the AIMTC announced an indefinite strike from Tuesday.
Their main demand is opening up of ten counters, against the present three counters to clear trucks at the check-post. The demands also include installation of scanner machines, opening of a green channel for perishable goods, besides a help desk.
Out of 1663 check posts across the country, delay from 10 to 12 hours was experienced only at Walayar check post and despite repeated requisitions and agitation for the last few years, Kerala government failed to address the problem.
Nearly 3,000 lorries cross to Kerala from this check post carrying perishables, vegetables, eggs, chicken and electronic and electric goods valued over Rs 500 crore and lorries have to wait nearly 12 hours to get clearance, which has seriously affected the delivery schedule, due to which the vegetables and other perishables get spoiled, AIMTC sources said.
The delay was attributed to shortage of staff and functioning of only three counters at the check post.
The stoppage of plying of lorries will continue, till the government increase the number of staff and counters and provifde scanner facility for early clearance and also adequate basic facilities for the crew, the sources said.
It was estimated that there will be a minimum of Rs 100 crore revenue loss to the Government, as also similar amount to the lorry owners, they said.