Ore transport by trawlers hits local truck owners
The Keonjhar Truck Owners Central Committee delivered a memorandum to the district collector, Keonjhar, against the transport of iron ore by trawlers from outside Odisha and called for priority to local truck owners in the transport of ore.
Joda Truck Owners Association secretary Sushanta Kumar Barik said local educated unemployed youth support their families by hiring trucks at local mines in Keonjhar district and that with them thousands of members family of truck operators and local traders also depend on the truck trade. but the recent introduction of ore transport by trawler has affected the business of local truckers.
As mine owners like the state-owned OMC, Guali and others like JSW, Nuagan and KNRam give preference to trawlers with a carrying capacity of 60 tons of material to haul their ore instead of local trucks, loading ore by local trucks came down drastically.
As for the local trucks, they are forced to wait days together for the same load. Because of this, local truck owners now find themselves out of work.
Many of them feared that if the situation persisted their financial situation would deteriorate and the property they had mortgaged to get a loan to buy trucks would be auctioned off by the banks because they would not be able to repay it. the loan.
They further alleged that in 2012, mine owners signed an agreement with the government that they would donate a certain percentage of the ore for transport to local trucks. But the authorization to transport the ore by trawler led to the violation of the agreement. Committee members met with BJD Organizing Secretary Pranab Prakash Das, who allegedly assured them to look into the matter.