Two days to cross 15 km in Chennai: Steel tradersSeptember 18th, 2012 - 9:04 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Sep 18 (IANS) Steel wholesalers here complained Tuesday of nearly a 50 percent drop in business because of traffic congestion on the roads leading to the Chennai Port Trust owing to the changes made in allowing container trucks into the port.
“Owing to the traffic pile-up on the road leading to Chennai Port Trust, it takes two days to traverse a distance of 15 km. On an average 5,000 tonnes of steel and iron used to be transported from our godowns to various client sites. Now it has come down by half,” S.A. Azeez, honorary secretary, The South India Iron and Hardware Merchant Assocation told, said Tuesday.
According to him, the Chennai Port Trust does not allow parking of container trucks inside the port. Hence, the trucks have to wait on the roads in a long line in North Chennai area.
“Our trucks have to be in that line for nearly 15 km before they can go client sites. Our drivers and other workmen take two days off as they spend two days in the truck,” he said.
According to him, some steel traders have shifted their godowns to other areas in the city from Sathangadu market, where the steel godowns are located.
“We shifted to Sathangadu around two years ago from the heart of the city. If our trucks are not able to move freely in North Chennai, then other traders will also move out of their present locations,” he said.
“Steel traders operate around 500 trucks per day,” J. Raja, joint secretary at Chennai Steel Yard Trailer Owner Association, said.
The steel trader associations have appealed to the state government and the Chennai Port Trust to take effective steps to ease the traffic congestion, which also affects normal traffic.
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