PONDA: Truck owners across Sanvordem constituency have finally decided to call off their two-month long agitation and start ore transportation. Revealing this, the Sanvordem MLA Deepak Pauskar said that the truckers from the constituency have accepted the rate of Rs 52 per litre diesel and decided to start transportation from Saturday. He was speaking after a meeting at Dabal on Friday.
The meeting was also attended by Sanvordem sarpanch Sandeep Pauskar, Dharbandora Truck Owners Association president Balaji Gauns and representative from other associations. Over 200 truck owners were present at the meeting.
At the meeting, Pauskar conveyed the rates fixed in the meeting on Thursday with the company to the local truckers. He said that an agreement has been signed between the company, local MLA and truck association leader according to which transportation rates can be hike up to Rs 14 per tonne per km with increase in dollar price in future.
To discuss the rates of the transportation, quarterly meeting will be held with the company and with every increase in dollar, transportation rates will be revised, said Pauskar during the meeting.
The rates finalised on Thursday are Rs 12.50 per tonne per km from 0 to 10 km and Rs 52 for diesel per litre, while for 11 to 20 km, it is Rs 12 and diesel Rs 52. Further, for 21 to 30 km, Rs 11.50 and diesel Rs 52. These rates will be applicable for the Codli mine to Capxem and Codli mine to Amona routes, conveyed the MLA.
Pauskar also assured truckers to charge the GPS rates of Rs 550 on monthly basis from earlier Rs 8,000 per annum and facility to charge road tax on quarterly basis during the meeting.
Dharbandora Truck Owners’ Association president Balaji Gauns applauded truckers from Sanvordem constituency for showing unity and said due to this unity, truckers have finally got something from the company.
“Even though the hike seems less compared to earlier rate of Rs 9.50 per tonne per km, truckers have got increase of around Rs 660 for each trip from Codli to Amona with new rates,” said truckers association president Balaji Gauns.