STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Balasore, 6 January
Balasore Truck Coordination Committee (BTTC), a well-known transporters’ association of the district, has threatened to launch an agitation to protest the decision of Balasore Alloys for transporting its goods through rail instead of the local truck.
The Committee claimed that the owners of the about 800 lorries and their staff members would be at receiving end if the company, which is one of the major industrial units of the district, goes ahead with its plan of rail transportation.
“More than 800 vehicles are engaged by the company to ferry its materials to different destinations across the country. The decision of the company will hit the owners and others working in such trucks as well as a large number of other people who eke out their living from the transportation sector. The decision of the company is unfortunate and should be withdrawn,” said the Committee president Mr Ajay Biswal.
He claimed that the company management had a understanding with them to engage the local trucks so to benefit the unemployed youths. “The decision to switch over to rail transport will be a major blow to all such youths. They will not be able to repay their loans which they had availed to purchase the vehicles. How will they pay salary to driver and other staff once the trucks are off the job?” he questions.
The BTCC lamented that though they had apprised the district administration of the situation, it did not intervene.
The company, however, justified its decision, claiming that transportation of material by rail is a better alternative.
“The transportation of good by the rail would be cost effective. Moreover, the recipient company also desired the materials to be delivered in containers and by rail. Keeping in view these aspects, we have decided to go for transportation by rail,” said Mr Sanjay Acharya, a senior official of Balasore Alloys.