The Kerala Good Transporters Federation (KGTF) has urged for banning of the illegal transportation of goods by inter-State buses coming to Kerala.

While welcoming the State Finance Minister’s direction to subject these buses at check posts and make them pay taxes, KGTF President N.A. Mohammed Kutty said that this alone will not be enough to check the massive unauthorised goods movement on a regular basis.

About 10-12 tonnes of commercial goods are being transported by each of the nearly 100 buses operating from the other states to Kerala on a daily basis. Though online declaration has been introduced for goods carriers passing through check posts it has not been made applicable for buses, he said.

Welcoming installing scanning machines in check posts, the Federation demanded separate checking counters for export goods and parcel service vehicles so that the heavy rush at the check posts could be minimised.

He also urged for setting up of modern logistics hubs with facilities such as parking, warehousing, and restaurants in district headquarters so that transport and parcel offices presently operating in the city could be moved to such hubs and also control the entry of goods carriers into the city.

The Federation also urged for constructing bypasses in all cities and immediately revive the work of the Kollam-Alappuzha bypasses which has not taken off as scheduled.

sajeevkumar.v@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on December 7, 2012)
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