HP loses Rs17.60 Cr. on account of truckers' strike



Shimla: Three-month long impasse over freight rate between Management of Ambuja Cement Ltd and Transport Operators Societies at Darlaghat in Solan district ended recently resulting in revenue loss of Rs17.60 Crore to debt trapped state exchequer, government official confirmed.

A Government official claimed in a report released on Dec 7, 2010 that state exchequer had to bear the loss of  Rs17.60 Crore due to suspending of operation of cement from two plants of Ambuja Cement Plant at Dharalghat in Solan district about 50 km from here. The official confirmed that issue was resolved on November 19,2010, following intervention of Deputy Commissioner Solan Amar Singh Rathore who fixed the fright rate to avoid the further confrontation. He said that prolonged protest had also become a threat to peace in the affected area. To provide safety and security to the life and property of the citizens of the area an order has also been passed by Deputy Commissioner which has declared fixed freight rates for transportation, which ended three month long tussle between the two.

DC has fixed the freight charges transportation of cement at rate of Rs6.35 per metric tonne per kilometer and Rs6.19 per MT per KM for clinker to be charged by the truckers from the cement firm. Earlier, more than 4000 trucks had come off the road, following strike on September 5, 2010 which suspended entire cement and clinker transportation from its Suli and Rouri plants.

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