South Goa Progressive Truck Owner’s Association(SGPTOA) has demanded increase in transportation rates for trucks transporting ore. The other demands put forth by the association include taking over of loans by the government and starting of the work of mining bypass road at the earliest.
Given the fact that the truck owners have been badly affected by the mining ban in the state the association has also urged the government to consider taking over the loans of co-op Banks and credit societies.
Stating that they had received letters to pay the outstanding amounts by March 31 Prakash Raut Dessai, President of SGPTOA said “ We want the government to take over the remaining loans. Alternatively the government can give us loans to pay these loans and recover the same in installments from us.”
The association also requested the government to start the work of the mining bypass road from Capxem to Uguem at the earliest to ensure that locals are not made to go through pollution and traffic jaams once mining resumes in full swing.
The association also informed that despite repeated requests for an appointment with the Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar they have not been granted the same.