Trucker’s strike at Ambuja cost Himachal 17.60 cr

Shimla: The total loss to the state government on account of three month long truckers strike at Ambuja Cement plants has been estimated to Rs. 17.60 crore, a government spokesman said on Saturday.

Nearly 4000 trucks had gone off road on September 5 demanding hike in freight and with the company not relenting the impasse continued for three months. The strike by truck operators unions had badly hit transportation of cement, clinker and raw material. Production at the plants was suspended on September 5 due to exhaustion of existing raw material, as further supplies were blocked due to non-availability of trucks.

The matter was resolved after Deputy Commissioner Solan intervened. The DC fixed a rate of Rs. 6.35 per MT per km for cement and Rs. 6.19 per MT per km for clinker to be paid to the truckers by the cement company.

Ambuja Cements operates plants at Suli and Rouri near Darlaghat in Solan district.

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