Freight Rates May Go Up On Court Order To DRTA

Mumbai, July 28: | Updated: Jul 29 2002, 05:30am hrs
In the coming week, truck freight rates from Mumbai to Delhi or via-Delhi route are likely to go up. This will be followed by the Supreme Court (SC) order which has directed Delhi Road Transport Authority (DRTA) that it should allow only those vehicles which have paid toll tax to carry goods to or from Delhi to ply in the city of Delhi. Those vehicles who are found violating will be turned back.

Traders said operators opting via-Delhi route for any destination in northern states surely will hike the prices, since they have to take a longer route.

Meanwhile, the increase in demand for vegetables and fruits from eastern states such as Bihar and Kolkata, freight charges are increased by Rs 1,000-2,000 respectively, said truck operators.

Transporters opined that due to higher booking and less availability of trucks for destinations like Kolkata, Silliguri and Raniganj in West Bengal and Hazari Bagh, Patna, Ranchi among others in Bihar, resulted in the rise of freight charges for these destinations. Elsewhere, freight rates for other destinations remained quiet in scattered deals.

Last week, freight rates from Mumbai to Hazari Bagh in Bihar increased by Rs 500 to Rs 26,000, Patna by Rs 1,000 to Rs 25,000, Ranchi by Rs 1,000 to Rs 22,000 and for Muzaffarpur the rates increased by Rs 1,500 to Rs 26,500.

Truck rates from Mumbai to West Bengal has shown some upward trend and accordingly, rates from Mumbai to Kolkta further increased by Rs 2,000 to Rs 25,000, Raniganj by Rs 1,000 to Rs 23,000.

Whereas, rates from Mumbai to most of the other states remained stable. Freight rates from Mumbai to states like Haryana, Punjab, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Kerala and others were stable compared to the previous level in last week.