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Transporters to protest on June 28 as fuel prices continue to hike

An urgent meeting was held on the issue of continual surge in diesel prices and the government’s apathy to the plight of the transport fraternity which is struggling for survival and sustenance.

Transporters to protest on June 28 as fuel prices continue to hike
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With a fresh hike on Wednesday, June 16, petrol in Mumbai is available at INR 102.82 while diesel is at INR 94.84 per litre. While petrol rates in Maharashtra’s Parbhani is at an all-time high of over INR 105 a litre.

Diesel comprises 65 per cent of the transportation costs, and with prices going up to nearly INR 95 a litre in Mumbai and several other districts, it has led to huge losses for scores of transporters. As a result, transporters have been demanding a decrease in fuel prices, provision of instalments for moratorium and relief to the sector.

Therefore, transporters’ associations is planning to stage a pan-India protest on June 28 as precursor to an indefinite nationwide ‘chakka jam’ in near future to oppose the fuel price hike. Moreover, they are likely announce indefinite agitation if demands are not met, said Bal Malkit Singh, chairman, All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC).

An urgent meeting was held on the issue of continual surge in diesel prices and the government’s apathy to the plight of the transport fraternity which is struggling for survival and sustenance.

The transport association leaders and members from every nook and corner of the country participated in the meeting and expressed their acute resentment at the current state of affairs. It was an unanimous demand to declare indefinite chakka jam to register their protest against unmindful diesel price hike and other pending issues like EMI moratorium, e-way bill issue, tax waiver etc. A memorandum will then be submitted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

After yesterday's hike, a litre of petrol costs INR 102.48 in Pune city, while the power version is retailing for INR 106.16. The price of diesel for a litre is INR 93.05 in the city. Diesel price is highest in Amravati where the rate escalated to INR 96.30 a litre on Wednesday, June 16. Though, the petrol and diesel prices were steady across the country on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

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