Butwal industries crippled by week-long strike
Industries in the Butwal area have been adversely affected by a week-long strike of truck entrepreneurs, state-owned news agency RSS reports.
Containers are the sole means of goods transport here. Industries in the Butwal corridor, Bhairahawa-Lumbini and Butwal-Bhairahawa corridors are almost closed due to an indefinite strike of truck entrepreneurs. Industries here are learnt to have halted production following the agitation of truck owners.
We are unable to operate our business in an indefinite closure of the operation of trucks, Chairperson of Cement Producers’ Association Rupandehi Rhishikesh Agrawal told RSS.
We are incurring a loss of millions of rupees, he added. Agitating truck entrepreneurs have allegedly barred independent truck owners from operating their service. Industry proprietors are prevented from transporting their products in their vehicles with red number plates.
There are 11 cement industries, two steel industries, paper factories, a noodle (Mayos) factory, Jagadamba Foods and over two dozen big industries in the Bhairahawa- Lumbini corridor.
Goods imported from India and third countries are blocked at the Bhairahawa Customs Office. Around 70 industries at the Butwal industrial corridor have been affected from it.
We are neither able to supply produced goods to the market nor store them, Chairperson of Butwal Industrial Corridor Industries’ Association Ganesh Adhikari told RSS.
Now situation has come that around 3,000 workers will lose employment soon if the agitation continues. Industrialist Ajaj Alam also shared the same problems. We are unable to send produced goods to the market and to import raw materials due to the agitation, he said.
Business community here have urged truck entrepreneurs to withdraw the agitation at the earliest bearing in mind its negative impact on business sector.When approached, Chairman of the Western Transport Entrepreneurs’ Committee, Butwal, Ganesh Prasad Panta said they have to agitate against the non-implementation of fare rate fixed by the state.
He accused the police administration of intervening in their agitation launched for their rights, and added truck entrepreneurs have not obstructed the movement of any private vehicles.
Rupandehi Industry Association has requested to withdraw the agitation and Association Chairman Tej Kumar Pathak said their goods worth tens of millions are in condition of being wasted.
Hilly districts in the western region including Gulmi, Palpa, Arghakhanchi and Syangja are hit hard due to shortage of food grains.