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Truckers threaten Goa blockade

Hundreds of truckers and trade associations from Karnataka and Maharashtra on Tuesday threatened to blockade Goa after it imposed a hefty tax on non-state vehicles entering its territory.

Representatives of trade associations from Belgaum, Kolhapur and transport associations are now in Goa to appeal to the Goa government, seeking a roll back on the entry tax, which works out to Rs.1,000 per truck.

‘Goa imports meats, groceries, eggs, milk, vegetables from Maharashtra and Karnataka. If the government does not roll back the price, we will be forced to stop all vehicles coming to Goa with these essential commodities. There are other markets available, where we can go,’ Satish Tendulkar, president of the Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industries told reporters here.

He will be meeting Goa transport minister Sudin Dhavalikar at the state secretariat to protest against the tax. The All India Motor Transport Congress, which controls over four lakh commercial trucks and goods carriers, said that the tax was unprecedented and that no other state in India had an entry tax for non-state vehicles.
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