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Truckers demand relief measures as losses mount to Rs 42,000 cr due to lockdowns, Auto News, ET Auto

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The transportation sector, which is the lifeline of the nation and vital services provider to the people of the region, bears the initially affect of the lockdowns and the curfews, it stated.

Mumbai: With all-around 65 per cent of the complete truck fleet in the region out of the street owing to lockdown and lockdown-like problems in most of the states, the truck business losses have mounted to all-around Rs forty two,000 crore from the start out of the fiscal till mid of this month, All India Motor Transportation Congress (AIMTC) has stated. The transportation sector, which is the lifeline of the nation and vital services provider to the people of the region, bears the initially affect of the lockdowns and the curfews, it stated.

The business has sought aid from the govt by way of EMI moratorium, delicate loans provision with no collateral, tax waiver, extension of validity of insurance coverage, amid other people, AIMTC Main Committee chairman Bal Malkit Singh stated.

The AIMTC has also warned of the business going totally out of small business and huge-scale unemployment if the aid measures are not provided to it.

“Practically 80 per cent of the region is below lockdown. As a consequence of this, about 65 per cent of the complete all-around ninety five lakh vehicles are standing idle as there is no demand and only forty lakh vehicles are on the roadways,” Singh stated.

He stated that the per working day industry’s losses have absent up to Rs 1,600 crore in May well from Rs four hundred crore in the commencing of April as a lot more states introduced lockdown and lockdown-like restriction in the subsequent interval amid the enormous spike in Covid-19 an infection conditions in the region.

“In the initially 15 times of April, the business was going through Rs four hundred crore per working day, which rose to Rs 800 crore per working day by April 30. They have now doubled to Rs 1,600 crore per working day till May well 15. So, as of May well 15, the industry’s cumulative losses were being a whopping Rs forty two,000 crore,” stated Singh.

He stated that the rising diesel costs, other than the affect of the lockdown was adding to the woes of the business.

“Previously bewildered and chastised by excessive taxation and compelled lockdowns, the breath of the transportation sector is becoming additional snatched by rising diesel costs,” stated Singh.

Petrol price tag on Sunday was enhanced by 24 paise per litre and diesel by 27 paise, pushing premiums across the region to document highs and that of petrol in Mumbai to near Rs 99 a litre. The boost led to premiums in Delhi climbing to Rs ninety two.fifty eight per litre and diesel to Rs eighty three.22, according to a price tag notification of state-owned gas stores.

Costs experienced already crossed Rs 100-mark in a number of metropolitan areas in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra and with the most current boost, price tag in Mumbai as well was inching in direction of that amount.

A litre of petrol in Mumbai now will come for Rs ninety eight.88 and diesel is priced at Rs 90.forty per litre.

This is the ninth boost in costs given that May well 4 when the state-owned oil corporations finished an eighteen-hiatus in amount revision they noticed through assembly elections in states like West Bengal.

“(But) There is no tangible support coming from the govt in terms of any aid and the condition in the transportation sector is receiving critical with each individual passing working day.

“The way out is the aid package that we have asked for normally the business will collapse, leading to huge scale unemployment as perfectly as disruption in the essential provide chain,” Singh stated.

There is acute panic amid the drivers due to the present-day COVID-19 crisis and a reverse migration is taking area in the drivers neighborhood together with the labour and transportation staff members, Singh included.

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