Dimapur, July 27 (EMN): Amid the lockdown imposed in Nagaland and regardless of authorities pointers to deal with the pandemic, truckers carrying important commodities to and from varied different states face many challenges whereas additionally following the usual working procedures (SOPs).
The final secretary of the Dimapur District Truck Driver Welfare Commerce Union, Atobo Suren Zhimo spoke to Jap Mirror. He knowledgeable that the truckers face many hardships due to the lockdown.
“The truckers are allowed solely to journey at night time and by then every thing is shut. They must cook dinner and eat on their very own in the course of nowhere at instances,” stated Zhimo.
Saying that one of many main difficulties they face is when vehicles break down in the course of the jungle or have an accident the place the drivers and handymen have to repair the truck or have needed to await assist to reach which can go on till the subsequent day generally.
“They can not park anyplace additionally in villages as individuals are petrified of the Coronavirus,” Zhimo stated.
Roughly 50-60 vehicles carrying important commodities go through Dimapur from Assam on a regular basis and transfer additional to Imphal, Zhimo stated.
When queried in regards to the SOPs they have to observe contemplating that the truckers journey throughout three states, Zhimo assured that every one obligatory protocols are adhered to.
“They journey straight to Manipur the place they’re screened on the ISBT in Imphal; even whereas loading and unloading they don’t seem to be allowed to depart and stationed with the truck,” Zhimo stated.
He knowledgeable that the officers in Imphal difficulty a medical certificates to the truck drivers and are later produced on the Khuzama test gate in Kohima upon returning to Nagaland.
‘After they attain Dimapur, the medical certificates is proven and solely then they transfer to Assam once more,’ Zhimo stated.
Other than the vehicles carrying commodities, oil tankers additionally journey throughout the states two instances per week.
An official from the Indian Oil Company (IOC) informed this newspaper that gasoline meant just for Imphal crosses Dimapur in oil tankers from Assam. The oil provide for Dimapur and Kohima come through practice wagons.
“For different districts in Nagaland, the tankers take the Mariani-Mokokchung route whereas Dimapur and Kohima is through practice wagons that arrive on the railway station,” the IOC official stated. He stated the oil tankers numbering to greater than 200 journey in a convoy about twice per week.
“Earlier convoy used to ferry oil on daily basis, Monday to Friday, however now it’s twice per week,” the official stated.
When it comes to SOPs for the truck drivers, the official additionally knowledgeable that the drivers report back to the ISBT depot in Imphal and are quarantined there.
“Whereas the drivers are quarantined, thermal screening is performed and a card is issued after which they’ll unload the commodities on the designated depot,” stated the official. He added that solely after unloading, they’d return to the quarantine centre at ISBT and will likely be issued one other certificates to journey again to Assam through Nagaland.
In a discover issued by the Ministry of Dwelling Affairs dated April 30, the centre directed states to make sure free passage of vehicles carrying important items with the intention to preserve provide.
A management room quantity ‘1930’ is accessible to truck drivers and transporters who can now lodge a grievance pertaining to the lockdown, an announcement by the press data bureau acknowledged.
As well as, Nationwide Highways Authority of India helpline quantity 1033 is accessible for highway-related grievances.