No impact of transporters strike on vegetable prices in Delhi

January 6th, 2009 - 3:42 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 6 (ANI): A day after transporters went on a nationwide indefinite strike, the prices of vegetables remained unaffected at Azadpur wholesale vegetable market on Tuesday.
The operators at the market said the strike had not affected the prices of the perishable commodities.
“The strike has not affected the Delhi vegetable market as such. We are getting the supplies. I don”t think that it has been affected much. Save for two-three percent reduction in supplies, there is not much loss,” said Bhajan Singh, Vice Chairman, Agricultural Produce Marketing Centre, Azadpur vegetable market.
The market continued to receive the supply of vegetables from in and around Delhi as usual, and vegetable vendors said that the strike had no impact on the functioning of the vegetable market so far.
“As of now, the market has not been affected much. The supply of vegetables coming from in and around Delhi has not been affected,” said Bharat Saini, a vegetable vendor.
However, the vendors are of the view that the real impact of the strike would be known only after two or three days.
“The transporters strike has not affected the market as such. The supply of vegetables is as usual. It will be only after a day or two that the real impact of the strike would be known,” said Shiv Kumar, a vegetable trader.
The All India Motor Transport Congress, which represents around six million trucks across the country have called indefinite strike since Monday seeking lowering of diesel prices besides the withdrawal of service tax on truckers.
The transporters have demanded that the government should provide concessions and bailout packages as provided to many other industries. They say that they are also struggling to repay loans and put up with high fuel prices, high prices of tyres and numerous taxes
More than 70 per cent of freight in India moves by road, and truckers have benefited from a booming economy that requires transportation of steel and cement, as well as an improving network of highways and all this has prompted the demand for trucks.
But the country’’s 200,000 transport companies have been hit in recent months by a slowing economy, higher interest rates on vehicle loans and greater competition from the railways.
Sales of trucks and buses at Tata Motors, fell by more than half in December from a year ago.
India cut prices of petrol and diesel on December 8 after crude oil tumbled, but the economy, has shown palpable signs of slowing amid a global financial crisis, after growing at nine per cent or more in the past three years.
Talks with the government would continue, as per transport officials, but a prolonged strike could nudge up prices of fruits and vegetables and disrupt supplies of other commodities.
A three-day trucker’’s strike last July calling for lower road tolls and cheap diesel had pushed up prices. (ANI)

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