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Himachal cement plant crisis: In fight against Adani Group, truck operators turn to Modi govt for help

The Newz Radar

The ongoing cement freight dispute between truck operators of Himachal Pradesh and the Adani Group has taken a new turn as the truckers have sought the help of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre to resolve the crisis.

The cement arm of the Adani Group had more than a month ago closed its two factories—Ambuja and ACC in Barmana (Bilaspur) and Darlaghat (Solan)—following a dispute over freight.

With the Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu-led Congress government failing to end the dispute even after the formation of a special committee, the truck operators have reached out to Himachal Pradesh BJP president Suresh Kashyap, who is also Shimla MP, to take up the matter with the quarters concerned at the Centre.

While the truck operators held two major protests in Bilaspur in recent days, the Adani Group too listed stringent terms for opening the dispute, which included doing away with 70 per cent of the around 3,200 private trucks attached with its two factories and complete control of the cement transportation in a phased manner.

The truck operators met Kashyap in Shimla and proposed a solution for opening the way for talks with the company management. The truck operators sought the intervention of the MP to take up the matter with the Central Government and settle the dispute. They believe that the Adani Group, which owns the cement factory, is “quite close” to the Central Government, and, therefore, they want the Central Government to help them resolve the matter.

The MP assured the truck operators that he would make every possible effort to persuade both sides to hold talks. In the event that the need arises, he said he would take up the matter with the Central Government and try to resolve it.

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