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Dimapur trade body urges transporters to end ‘chakka jam’

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DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 30: A joint meeting of the Dimapur Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) and Dimapur-based transport unions on Wednesday resolved that the various transporters and truck unions of Dimapur will immediately resume operation to normalize the transportation and supply chain.
The joint meeting was convened by DCCI with the Dimapur Goods Transport Association, Dimapur District Truck Owners’ Union, Dimapur District Truck Drivers’ Welfare Trade Union and Dimapur District Truck Drivers’ Union to discuss the ‘Chakka Jam’ agitation imposed by a section of transporters.
The joint meeting took serious note of the agitation, which has affected supply of essential goods and life-saving drugs into Nagaland state via Dimapur during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The general public and businessmen including transporters have incurred heavy losses in the past 6 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this juncture we cannot afford another bandh or agitation,” said a press release issued by the DCCI President, Akashe K Zhimomi stated.
The meeting also urged the Nagaland Government to take up the issue with the Assam counterpart and exert strong pressure as the agitation has impacted the smooth flow of supplies. “Truckloads of essential commodities and perishable items stranded on the highway are rotting and getting damaged. Who will be responsible for the losses and who will compensate for the damaged goods, especially perishable items?” it asked.
The DCCI also appealed to the Commissioner of Police, Dimapur, to communicate with the Assam Police for provision of police escort and safe passage to trucks and transporters crossing the inter-state border.
Meanwhile, the joint meeting appreciated the Dimapur Police for its prompt action in pursuing the case of the September 22 killing of a truck driver in Dimapur. The meeting reposed full confidence that Dimapur Police will expedite the investigation to its logical conclusion.
The meeting further appealed to the authority concerned to fulfill the demand for suitable compensation to the family members of the late truck driver.
(Page News Service)