An official of Tamil Nadu State Lorry Owners Federation said at least 1,000 trucks loaded with goods worth Rs 500 crore were stuck at Bannari checkpost near Satyamangalam in Erode district. He said the truck service was seriously hit following the escalating tension between the two states.
These trucks are mainly loaded with goods like machineries, motor spare parts, food items, cement, cloth and footwear transported from the manufacturing units in Tamil Nadu, among other things. Also goods dispatched from other parts of the country to be delivered to Tamil Nadu also got stuck in stranded trucks.
Sources in Coimbatore Lorry Owners Association said truck movement has resumed through Mandaiyur near Sathyamangalam, a route longer than the regular road to Bangalore, over the past two days. They said business worth Rs 100 crore has been affected in Coimbatore alone.
Nearly 700 trucks from Coimbatore and Kochi go to Karnataka while many more pass through Maharashtra, Goa and other states. The cost of transportation has also shot up with transport companies monetising the risks associated with the journey. Truck owners have also raised their rates by 12-15% which would be reduced once the situation returns to normalcy, the sources added.
While both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are standing firm on their respective positions over the distribution of water from the Cauvery, it is believed that the situation would become normal with the advent of the northeastern monsoon.