With goods stagnated in godowns due to the ongoing lorry strike, power loom owners has decided to close their units and go on an indefinite strike from July 25.
Members of the Veerappanchatiram Power loom Owners’ Association held an emergency meeting on Monday night to discuss on the ongoing lorry strike. They said that there are about 20,000 power looms functioning in Veerappanchatiram, Periya Valasu, Ashokapuram, Manickampalayam and Chithode that produces about 40 lakh metre rayon and gada cloth materials. The materials were usually transported to North India in lorries. However, due to the indefinite lorry strike, about two crore metre of cloth materials were stocked in godowns and could not be transported. This resulted in non-delivery causing loss to us, they added. Hence, until the lorry strike is over, all the units will be closed, they added.
Over 5,000 lorries in the district were off the road since July 20 as textile materials, turmeric and other products could not be transported from the district. This resulted in loss to the owners as workers could not be paid due to the non-operational of lorries.