About two hundred container lorries operating
to the Vallarpadem container terminal in Cochin port have gone on strike for
the past five days demanding scrapping of the toll on Vallarpada-Kalamassery
container road maintained by the National Highway Authority of India seriously
affecting the container traffic in the Terminal.
We have decided to
intensify the strike as the authorities are not willing to hear us. We demand
that the toll collection be scrapped and a reasonable fee fixed through
dialogue with the stakeholders Charles George Convener of the Action committee
With the ongoing
strike by the container lorry owners over the introduction of the toll on the
Vallarpadam-Kalamassery Container Road stretch entering the fourth day
resulting in affecting the export business industry, District Collector
Mohammed Y Safirulla on Wednesday, 6 Feb, said action will be initiated against
those who sabotage the toll collection.
The Collector, who
directed the police to take stringent action against the protesters, said the
trucks and lorries have to pay the toll fare fixed by the NHAI. “We will
convene a meeting regarding the issue on February 16 in the presence of the MP
and MLAs. Those who tried to stop the collection of toll will have to face
legal action,” the Collector said.
held a resolution meeting with the Container Monitoring Committee (CMC), a body
comprising stakeholders like lorry owners, workers and trade union leaders, but
failed to yield a result. “We’ve decided to intensify the strike. The
authorities are not willing to hear us. We demand the toll collection should be
stopped and then a reasonable fee fixed through dialogue,” said Charles George,
Convenor of the Committee. Around 200 container lorries have been staying off
the road since the toll collection was started.