Chennai, Jul 2 (UNI) Truckers across Tamil Nadu were gearaing up to embark on an indefinite strike from doday midnight in support of their demands for rationalisation of toll tax and a transparent pricing policy for diesel.
All transport operators' associations in the state, including Sand Lorry Owners Association, trucks transporting LPG cylinders and School Van Operators have agreed to jin the strike.
About five lakh goods vehicles would be off the roads following the agitation.
Panic also gripped the residents of this city as the news of a possible shortage of vegetables and fruit following the strike spread.
Thousands of people thronged the Koyembedu wholesale market to buy all varieties of vegetables, fruit and other items fearing it would not be available for the next few days.
Chennai Goods Transport Association Vice President P V Subramani said the strike would result in a daily loss of Rs 1,500 crore for transporters across the country.
The state government's loss was estimated at Rs 150 crore and that of the lorry owners in Tamil Nadu at Rs 15 crore per day, he added.
Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has geared up to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential commodities to the people.
Considering the interests of the general public, the state government has decided to transport essential items like milk and vegetables through State Transport Corporation buses and trains with adequate police protection.
District Collectors had been advised to take necessary steps in this regard. Besides, the district administrations have also been asked to provide security for vehicles carrying commodities.
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