The BJP has submitted a memorandum to the SDO of Durgapur today urging him to immediately step in and resolve the CNG crisis in Durgapur due to which over 1200 auto rickshaw drivers have been facing problems
The INTTUC-backed CNG truck drivers’ association had stopped work from a gas plant in Asansol since the last six days, leading to a massive shortage of CNG in Paschim Burdwan district and Jharkhand.
Mr. Anirban Koley, SDO of Durgapur said that he has already informed the matter to the district magistrate of Paschim Burdwan district. Next week he will hold a meeting, he said.
Mr Lakhsman Ghorui, district president of the BJP in Burdwan West led the delegation that met the SDO. “Six days have passed and there has been no efforts to resolve the problem and the poor auto rickshaw drivers have been becoming victims,”he said. He alleged a ‘conspiracy’ by the ruling party.
The INTTUC wing had called a wild cat strike demanding hike in salary of drivers and over other related issues.
Meanwhile, Mr. Suvankar Ganguly, senior vice president (projects) of Great Eastern Energy Corporation Limited (GEECL) in Asansol, said that the London Stock Exchange-listed company has issued Transport Work Orders to various transporters (contractors) to transport CBM (coal-bed methane) gas through cascades.
The work orders have been issued for transportation and not for manpower and hence the drivers are working not directly under the company but instead under the payroll of the various private transporters.