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Transport operators go on flash strike

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VIJAYAWADA, OCT. 29. Members of the Vijayawada Goods Transport Operators' Association went on a flash strike protesting against the restrictions clamped on them by the city police on Friday. The police erected roadblocks at several points to prevent loaded trucks from entering the one-town area for loading and unloading.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police, J. Ramachandran, said loading and unloading had been stopped at the request of the Urban Development Authority. The trucks were being directed to the Gollapudi wholesale market, which had become operational recently or to the Ibrahimpatnam Truck Terminal.

Operators' claim

Vijayawada Goods Transport Operators' Association spokesman, Suryanarayana, said that members of the association were in no way associated with the wholesale market. Goods worth Rs. 10 crores were languishing in over 600 trucks without any security at various points on the outskirts of the city. He said the goods transport operators were in no way connected to wholesalers or lorry-owners. So, they had no place either in the Gollapudi wholesale market or at the truck terminal. Besides, there was no water and power at the truck terminal. He said the strike would continue until restrictions on their vehicles were lifted.

The truck terminal and Gollapudi wholesale market were developed under UDA's supervision. The deadlines for shifting of godowns and wholesale shops were relaxed several times so as not to cause inconvenience to the public. The Krishna Pushkarams, the final deadline, was also disregarded after a dispute between wholesalers and mutha workers. The problem was resolved and the wholesalers agreed to move just recently.

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