KOCHI: With the parking of container trucks at Vallarpadam becoming a problem, truck owners have sought immediate intervention of authorities to find solutions to their woes.
Members of Cochin Container Carrier Owners Welfare Association (CCCOWA) said drivers cannot park the trucks along the Container Road as police and MVD officials are taking action against them citing the high court order banning parking on either side of the road.
They said authorities are yet to allot 10 acres at the terminal which could be developed for parking bays, as promised by the ports minister in 2017 when the truck owners began a protest.
“Around 1,200 trucks reach Vallarpadam terminal daily and there are parking facilities, including the BPCL Yard, for only fewer than 350 trucks. Earlier, we were allowed to park along the Container Road, but now officials are registering cases and imposing fine,”said CCCOWA president V P Chandrashekhara Menon.
He further added, “Parking along LNG Terminal Road and Goshree Junction are forbidden now as CISF denies permission. Even though we are using the private parking spaces in the area, bearing the high rentals, these bays lack the space to accommodate all trucks.”
They demand to denotify the 10 acres that comes under Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and fulfil the promise of parking yard. “If the project is implemented, the parking woes could be solved. But the authorities are turning a blind eye towards our complaints even after two years. We will meet district collector in the coming days to bring his immediate attention to the issue,” said Menon.