Though the truckers associations have been claiming that around 3.5 lakh trucks with National Permits carrying goods worth over Rs 35,000 crore are stranded, there is no authenticate estimate. This has created a lot of confusion.
The transporters have claimed that the loaded trucks are stranded on roads, at factory gates and outside godowns as there is none to unload these trucks.
The ministry has sough details such as the vehicle registration number, driver’s name with mobile number, location and brief reason for stranding and any other relevant details.
Sources once the government gets the exact details it can refer the cases to states and district government. TOI has learnt that cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba has asked home secretary Ajay Bhalla is send letters to all states once again mentioning the exemptions that have been granted for activities even during lockdown.
In a communication to the four major transporters associations – AIMTC, AITWA, SIMTA and AICOGOA – the transport ministry has asked them to provide the information is a specific format. It has referred to reports which claimed that loaded trucks carrying essential and valuable cargo have stranded on roads, near godowns, warehouses and factories.
The reasons cited by transporters include drivers abandoning vehicles due to lockdown, absence of food, money, sanitation measures or due to the non-availability of labourers at loading and unloading destinations.
AIMTC chief Kultaran Atwal said, “The number of such trucks will be more, if we take the ones that ply within specific states where these are registered. The Centre has been issuing guidelines and instructions, but the situation is different at the ground level.”