The goods vehicles from the neighbouring States have stopped service from Saturday midnight in the state in protest against the long delay at the Walayar checkpost.
The indefinite strike has been called by the All-India Motor Transport Congress to protest against the delay experienced in clearing the vehicles coming to the State through the checkpost. Every day, around 2,500 goods vehicles come to the State through the Walayar checkpost. K R Armughan, the president of the Coimbatore Lorry Owners Association, said that the goods vehicles had stopped service to Kerala. Meanwhile, Inspecting Assistant Commissioner K Suresh said that the number of goods vehicles through Walayar has reduced considerably by evening. He said that the lorry owners were resorting to “pressure tactics“.
Meanwhile, state secretary of Kerala State Lorry Owners Federation M Nandakumar said the vehicles in Kerala would not join the strike. The office-bearers of the federation will meet to review the situation and then decide whether they have to go and bring goods from neighbouring states to Kerala, he said.