Transport Sector Hit By 6cr Daily Loss

Transport Sector Hit By 6cr Daily Loss

The overall loss to transport sector in the state caused by heavy rains since Saturday is roughly estimated to be over Rs6 crores per day. While the railways have been suffering a loss of around Rs5 crore daily in terms of passenger and goods movement, the movement of trucks has come to a grinding halt resulting in over Rs1 crore loss per day.

A K Gupta, general manager, Western Railway, inspected flood-affected tracks on Viramgam-Samakhiali section and Maliya Miyana station on Tuesday. He said that restoration work was in full swingbut it may take two weeks before normalcy returns.

Railways officials said that on an average around 10 to 11 passenger trains have been affected in the state since Saturday. This meant a loss of nearly Rs1 crore per day.

Divisional railway manager (DRM) of Ahmedabad division, Dinesh Kumar said, “The loss to the railway in terms of goods movement is around Rs4 crores per day. However, the loss due to the cancellation of passenger trains cannot be estimated at present.”
Meanwhile, officials of the Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation said that on an average around 1,000 trips were getting cancelled mainly from Ahmedabad, Himmatnagar, Kutch, Mehsana and Palanpur. The loss to GSRTC was around Rs15 lakh per day. This was going on for the past one week, said officials.
The movement of trucks, too, have been affected. Transporters say that damage on the national and state highways has slowed the movemebt of trucks and the majority of them are stranded. Kantibhai Jani, secretary of Akhil Gujarat Truck Transport Associaton says, “The truck movement has come to a halt, because of the rains in Gujarat and transporters are estimating overall loss to be more than Rs1 crore per day.” Jani added that the exact figure of losses will be available only after the situation returns to normalcy and movement of trucks commence.

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