Transporters’ stir at JNPT called off

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The non-cooperation agitation by the transporters’ associations operating at JN Port, which had commenced on Thursday morning, was called off on Saturday evening with immediate effect following a meeting of the transporters’ representatives with the JN Port management and others. As per a communiqué, the aim of the stir was to press for the key operational demands of the transporters with the port authorities, traffic department and road authorities.

Among the participants in the meeting were the Chairman of JNPT, as well as the heads of the Traffic and PPD Departments, according to sources.

Sources said that the meeting was considerate regarding the difficulties faced by the transporters and it was agreed to expeditiously formulate solutions to their demands. Importantly, it was resolved to improve the poor condition of the roads in the area, a key issue for the transporters, at the earliest.

The transporters had, in an earlier communiqué, highlighted the issues and alleged heavy harassment from authorities.

* No Entry for heavy vehicles at many places which causes heavy traffic jam, and vehicles do not reach their destination on time.

* High toll on Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

* Transporter is continuously facing problem at empty yard while loading and unloading for empty container, and parking.

* Free parking plaza at JNPT for all transport vehicles as they use that location for import and export purpose only.

* Before imposing penalty/e-challan, government needs to make arrangement for parking facility for all the transport vehicles at all locations.

* Road is in very bad condition and no service road is available for the local public, which causes heavy traffic jam, resulting in abuse of drivers.

* Government needs to make good roads and provide services because it directly impacts the drivers. In the current situation, 40 per cent of the drivers are not ready to drive vehicles on JNPT road due to which many vehicles are idling, resulting in heavy loss for the transporter and their inability to provide proper service to customers.

Critically, this also leads to cargo not reaching their destinations on time.

Trade concerns  
The trade had started expressing concern on the stir, which went on for over two days, pointing to its impact on the road movement of thousands of containers at India’s premier box port every day, with the backlog likely to have a cascading effect and leading to port congestion.

Source: EXIM

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