The Sindh High Court on Saturday, hearing the ‘heavy traffic case’, has ordered for continuation of the ban on entry of heavy traffic in the port city.
The two-judge bench also asked for names of the committee representing all the stakeholders and ordered that the body present its recommendations at the next hearing.
During the hearing, the counsel for the Karachi Port Trust informed the court that there has been a loss of Rs4 billion owing to the strike by the heavy vehicles’ association. He added that port traffic is also at a standstill owing to the strike as no goods are being moved.
Meanwhile, a report submitted in the court by DIG Traffic stated that 765 vehicles have been impounded as part of the court’s orders.
The report also said that over Rs10 million have also been recovered in this regard in fines. There has been a 71 percent decrease in traffic accidents following the ban on entry of heavy vehicles in the city, the report added.
The bench adjourned the hearing till May 20. Saturday is the sixth day of the goods transporters’ strike, which has now started to lead to concerns of a price hike with Ramazan around the corner.
Industry insiders believe that freight charges will consequently shoot up, bumping up variable expenditures, which will likely end up inflating the retail prices.
Earlier, Pakistan Soap Manufacturers Association (PSMA) Chairman Abdullah Zaki, commented, “Almost 13,000 containers – most of which carry food items – are now held up at the Karachi Port’s terminals.” Transporters had entered into a strike to protest heavy vehicles being barred from moving inside the city, due to which goods worth millions of rupees sit immobile in warehouses.