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LPG, petroleum tanker operators to join strike tomorrow

LPG, petroleum tanker operators to join strike tomorrow
PTI
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First Published: Mon, Jan 05 2009. 06 11 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Jan 05 2009. 06 11 PM IST
Chennai: The nation-wide indefinite lorry strike from Sunday midnight will see LPG and petroleum tanker operators joining the stir tomorrow.
All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC) spokesperson R Sugumar told PTI that more unions have joined the strike, which is likely cause shortage of goods and commodities, thus leading to a rise in their prices.
The Pongal (harvest festival) shopping could be the immediate casualty as clothes meant for Tamil Nadu from Gujarat and Maharashtra have not arrived, while there is a danger of other commodities not being transported as well.
“Fifty lakh employees across Tamil Nadu have been affected because of the strike,” Sugumar said.
The strike has already affected supply of vegetables, he said, adding that there could be shortage of LPG and petroleum also from tomorrow.
With three rounds of talks with the Union Transport Secretary having failed, only ministerial-level talks could bring about a solution, he said.
“Talks should be held by the Finance, Transport and Petroleum Ministers,” he said.
More than 50 lakh lorries have gone off the road in the country, pressing for a slew of demands, including reduction of diesel and tyre prices and uniform fees on national permit.
The regional unit of AIMTC had earlier requested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi to intervene and resolve the issue.
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First Published: Mon, Jan 05 2009. 06 11 PM IST