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Container trucks threaten to join Chennai truckers strike

A TRUCKER strike is threatening to intensify if container truck drivers join the dispute in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

The nationwide transport strike called by members of the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), who are demanding that the price of diesel be reduced by INR10 (US$0.20) per litre, is said to have taken more than six million trucks off the road and to have disrupted the flow of goods, particularly affecting fresh produce and perishables, reports Chennai's Hindu newspaper.

The situation is expected to get worse unless a swift resolution to the dispute is clinched soon.

The transporters strike is said to have the support of the Tamil Nadu Trailer Owners' Association, Port Contractors' Welfare Association, Chennai Trailer Owners' Association and Tamil Nadu Taurus Container Transport Owners' Association, who are vowing to join the strike if the situation remains unresolved, reports India's Express News Service.

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