SMJRV members demand open of Shiradi Ghat for six-wheel lorries

Source: S.O. News Service | By Sajjad Qazi | Published on 10th October 2018, 10:21 AM | Coastal News | Don't Miss |

Mangaluru: Shiradi Malenadu Janahitha Rakshana Vedike (SMJRV) delegation comprising of lorry drivers and owners, met district in-charge Minister U T Khader and demanded to allow the movement of six-wheel lorries on Shiradi Ghat.

The lorry drivers said that Shiradi Ghat was closed since January 20. Later, buses weighing 15 tonne were allowed on the stretch.

The restriction on movement of lorries on the stretch has inconvenienced lorry drivers, they complained. 

Lorry drivers from Mangaluru to Gundya depend on Bengaluru and southern parts of Karnataka for supplying goods. The Sampaje Ghat too is closed. The Charmadi Ghat is filled with potholes and often results in traffic congestion. Hence, six-wheel lorries should be allowed on Shiradi Ghat stretch, demanded the delegation. 

The closure of Shiradi Ghat and Sampaje Ghat have taken away the livelihood of lorry drivers and owners, they added.

“Without much work, we are not able to repay loans borrowed from the banks. When 15-tonne weighing buses are allowed on the stretch, why not allow six-wheel lorries weighing 10-tonne on the stretch,” said the memorandum submitted to U T Khader.


(with inputs from DHNS)

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