3.5 lakh trucks carrying Rs 35,000 crore goods stranded on roads
NEW DELHI: An estimated 3.5 lakh inter-state trucks carrying goods worth over Rs 35,000 crore are stranded on roads, outside factories and godowns, according to transporters.
The goods range from cars and SUVs to two-wheelers and white goods such as ACs, refrigerators, washing machines, electrical items and industrial raw material such as chemicals, steel and cement.
Truckers and transporters TOI spoke to said the goods are at risk of damage and even pilferage as drivers and helpers have run away in many cases due to the absence of food, money or proper sanitation. Also, in most of the cases, there are no helpers and other support staff to unload the stocks once they have reached their destination, be it factories or dealerships and godowns.
“It is a painful situation for truckers and goods worth thousands of crores are literally lying on roads. Something should be done immediately to help us out,” Kultaran Singh Atwal, president of All-India Motor Transport Corporation said.
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AIMTC is the biggest trucking association in the country and claims that its members control nearly 1 crore small, big and specialised trucks. Atwal said that while trucks carrying essentials such as food, medicines and sanitation products are being allowed, the go nment should also ensure the movement of other goods to the designated destinations so that the system can be unclogged and the commodities transported.
“We are still facing curbs. They should help lift the restrictions so that trucks can move. It is a pitiable position with many trucks stranded at state borders or other check points. Many trucks are idling at parkings or other places.”
Many truckers are also complaining that drivers and helpers are being left to fend for themselves. “At many places, there is no food, medicines, or even clean toilets. Also, sanitisers and masks are not there, and this has prompted many truckers to leave the vehicles and head back home.”
Vipul Nanda, president of car carriers’ association, said nearly 1,500 large customised container trucks — carrying around 10,000 cars and SUVs of various brands — are also stranded on the roads, or outside factories and godowns.
“Please remember that’s this is an asset-heavy industry, and thus there are heavy debts too that transporters carry. If business remains paralysed, there are high chances of many transporters getting bankrupt,” Nanda said
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More poor Indians will die with Hunger and Poverty than Corona. Govt should have planned controlled lockdown. If Supply Chain is broken, govt wont be able to control.
All State Govts and Modi Govt must look into transport of goods to all states on war footing before it is too late
Government both state and central should help them out to clear goods.. This is the need of the hour
at the same time public should cooperate with the go nment
At least goods in transit should be allowed to move to the destination.
Very poor administrative failure - now the supply chain is affected, goods are damaged or stolen and poor people will die of starvation amidst the plenty; it may be at the end we may find more non corona death than death from corona
It's Modi's style. Do something without plan...Tuglaq chaiwala...
Prices already doubled and trebled and hoarding and looting started. Supply chain broken. This is the blunder govt made.
Military should be called for help in supply chain block down.
Lockdown shouldn't have been immediate..Govt should have given few days time and then lockdown ..
Atleast they should make some arrangements for the people who are stranded at places away from their home.
3.5 lakh trucks stranded on the roads should be allowed to move in batches to their destinations. First priority should be given to those trucks and cargo aircrafts carrying medicines and medical related equipments.
we are in for a long haul. not only these trucks but agriculture and farm produce is going to impacted in a big way in coming weeks.
Dr Vidyadhar Yellutla
Give them food.
The police should immediately issue passes to the transporters with vehicle no so that the goods reach designated areas. In this crisis time each goods is important
Movement of goods are essential to maintain supply chain. I hope Govt allows the movement of trucks.
Kindly extend the lockdown for another month. No food, no essentials, all stranded people will vanish.
Subba Iyer Mani
It is all really frightening. God alone knows how long this will last before it finally blows over.
Both state and central govt should ce together and help to resolve this issue. This is very important.
Modiji must look to ensure state and central go nment are making clear planning for trucks and supplies.
Madan Mohan Siddhanthi
huge loss in this calamity , How do the driver and cleaners survive there ! They can not leave Vehicles nor they can travel
The stranded trucks must get priority clearance