Vehicle movement between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu continues to be restricted as the tension between both the states intensifies over the Cauvery row.  

 

Around 16,000 cargo vehicles move between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on an average. However, these vehicles are now  facing restrictions at six places including Attibele, Satyamangalam, Palamarne and Gundlupet.

 

Lorry owners from both the states are having a tough time because of the restrictions at the border as they are incurring losses amounting to ₹400 crores. Shanmugappa, President of Karnataka Lorry Owners and Agents Federation said that governments must intervene and allow the movement of at least these lorries and containers between both the states.

 

These lorries carry products like automobile spares, crushed stones, eggs, vegetables and flowers from Tamil Nadu to Karnataka. Also, Karnataka exports pulses, onions, machinery accessories and appliances to the neighbouring state. However, many lorries carrying perishable items remain stranded at the border areas owing to the ban imposed by both the states.

 

According to Shanmugappa, the income of the State Transport Corporations of both the states recorded a slump of 25% ever since they restricted vehicular movements at the border areas.