The State government has urged the Centre to intervene in the ongoing indefinite strike by lorry owners seeking removal of toll plazas across the country and revocation of the hike in third party insurance premium.

Transport Minister A.K. Saseendran told the media here on Tuesday that the strike had hit the interests of people in Kerala, a consumerist State.

Most of the essential goods were being transported by road from other States. There was a possibility of price rise and scarcity of goods.

“The situation is going to get worse against the backdrop of the havoc wreaked by the monsoon,” Mr. Saseendran said. Traders had already reported a dip in the supply of commodities.

The Minister said the State had incurred revenue losses in the form of reduced tax flow. “Around 8,000 goods vehicles used to enter the State through various check-posts a day. It has come down to below 1,000. The tax flow has come down from around Rs. 8 lakh to below Rs. 1 lakh,” Mr. Saseendran said.

He said the State government would explore the possibility of transporting essential commodities by inter-State buses operated by the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC). A discussion with lorry owners had been planned on Wednesday in Thiruvananthapuram.

Mr. Saseendran said he had written to Union Minister for Surface Transport Nitin Gadkari explaining the State’s plight.

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