Govt in fix over lorry stir

The call for indefinite transport vehicle strike has sent the State government into a tizzy.

The Transport department, which tried its best to end the logjam, has failed. With drivers of commercial vehicles completely extending their support, the public will be worst affected at least for the next couple of days.

With no solution in sight to the imbroglio, the Transport department is now looking towards Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to find a viable solution. Government sources said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is likely to hold a meeting with the transporters to end the stalemate on Monday.

After the parleys between the Transport department and the truckers failed, Transport minister Ramalinga Reddy had met the chief minister and had urged him to convene a meeting to sort out the issue. He said he had held a meeting with the truckers on Friday, where they agreed with the new sand mining policy, but demanded clarity on the withdrawal of cases registered against them.

“The truckers agreed to start transporting sand, but they asked the government to supply the sand. It’s a very tricky issue. The truckers say that 3,000 trucks are into the sand transport business, but permit has been granted to a very few,” Reddy told Deccan Herald.

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