SURAT: As the indefinite strike called by truckers’ entered the sixth day, it is proving a blessing in disguise for the railways. There is phenomenal 30 per cent increase in the daily shipment of textile goods parcels to various destinations across the country from Surat railway station.
Official sources said the truckers’ strike has increased the daily income from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 3.50 lakh. Earlier, about 900 to 1,000 parcels from the textile industry were dispatched per day through various trains at the station. In the last six days, the quantity of parcels have increased to more than 1,600 per day, increasing the income for the Western Railway (WR).
Parcel supervisor at Surat railway station Hiral Shah said, “The influx of textile parcels has increased since last Saturday due to the truckers’ strike. Since the space at parcel office is small, we will have to keep the textile parcels somewhere else if the truckers’ strike will continue for long.”
“Most of the parcels are shipped to New Delhi, Ambala, Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Thiruvananthpuram, Lucknow etc,” Shah added
Meanwhile, the South Gujarat Textile Processors’ Association (SGTPA) has stated that the truckers’ strike has reduced the textile processing job work by almost 30 %. SGTPA president Jitu Vakharia said, “There is a huge loss to the textile processing industry due to the drastic reduction in fabric processing job work. The traders are not able to dispatch the parcels and no new orders are coming. If this will continue for long, then the industry will face lot of problems.”
Federation of Surat Textile Traders Association (FOSTTA) secretary Champalal Bothra said, “The truckers’ strike has come at the time when we have orders for marriage season in south India and orders for Rakshabandh. The entire textile trading sector has come to a standstill and goods worth over Rs 2,000 crore have piled up in the godowns and textile shops.”