The impact of the lockdown apart from other businesses is now visible on the transport business as well. These days most of the trucks can be seen parked perpetually outside Transport city and along the highway. It carries the transportation of minerals such as soap stone powder, urea fertilisers, marble, rock phosphate etc. and are supposed to operate across a few hundred routes across Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Jammu Kashmir, UP, Bihar, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh etc.
Lockdown and curfew have halted more than 700 truck trips. The number of trucks coming from other states has also reduced to a great extent due to restrictions on the state's borders. According to the businessmen, the drivers of the trucks have fled to their homes because of the fear of infection and lockdown, leaving the truck stranded.
A huge decline in demand has been witnessed for goods sent from here to the other states. Due to this, the operation of the trucks has been affected. The truck operators are losing more than Rs. 2 Crore as only 30 percent of the operations are being conducted. According to them if the lockdown continues impact on the business will get worse.
Chanchal Agarwal, former president of The Udaipur Transport Organization, said that on a daily basis 1000 trucks leave from Udaipur, but because of the prevailing partial lockdown situation more than 700 trucks have been stopped. Chanchal also informed that approximately Rs. 3 Cr of business conducted on a daily basis from the operation of these trucks is being affected. Now there is only 30 percent demand in the market. Due to this, the truck operators are suffering a lot. Diesel prices are already sky-high. Stopping the operation of the trucks will make it difficult for the owners to pay the instalments of vehicles and other expenses.
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