The all-India strike of truck operators demanding closure of toll plazas across the country and to press other charter of demands entered the fourth day on Monday, with no sign of Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways initiating steps to solve the issues raised by the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC).

The strike was also to highlight their demands such as reducing fuel price, uniform national pricing with quarterly revision etc.

C. Dhanaraj, secretary of the State Lorry Owners Federation – Tamil Nadu, which is spearheading the strike in the State, said that almost its entire 4.6 lakh truck force was off the road in the State, causing a loss of Rs. 300 crore every day. Despite facing financial loss, the truck operators have supported the strike enmasse.

The idling lorries have occupied every inch of space available in lorry sheds, petrol bunks, lorry bays on the national highways etc.

Under the auspices of the State Lorry Owners Federation, a demonstration was held at Thoppur toll plaza on Monday. G. R. Shanmugappa, south zone general secretary of the AIMTC, M. R. Kumarasamy, president of the Tamil Nadu Lorry Owners’ Federation, C. Dhanaraj, its secretary, and others participated in the agitation.

Meanwhile, stock of textiles has piled up in the towns of Tiruchengode, Pallipalayam and Komarapalayam, the major textile production centres in Namakkal district.

Tension prevailed at the goods yard in Namakkal railway station, when rice meant for the public distribution system was being loaded into lorries from the goods compartments.

A group of truck operators arrived on the scene and entered into an argument with the Railway Goods yard Lorry Owners Association and prevented the loading of rice in the lorries.

On receiving information, police rushed to the spot and pacified both the groups and ensured normality.

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