Truck operators in Bengal have threatened an indefinite strike from June 18 to protest the diesel price rise. The fuel cost Rs 71.75 a litre in Calcutta on Monday.
“Nearly 370,000 trucks in the state would go off the roads unless the Centre brings down the price of diesel,” Subhas Chandra Bose, general secretary, West Bengal Truck Operators’ Welfare Association, said.
The All India Motor Transport Congress, a national body of truck operators, has called a nationwide strike on June 22.
Some days ago, private bus and minibus operators threatened to withdraw vehicles unless the state government raised bus fares to compensate for the rising fuel price.
Fuel prices have been rising for the past few days. Petrol cost Rs 80.94 a litre on Monday in the city.
The truck strike could lead to a scarcity of vegetables and emergency items in the city and adjoining areas.