Closure of Makkoottam ghat hits goods transportation: CM writes to PM
Kasaragod: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take immediate action for goods transportation after Karnataka closed down the Makkoottam ghat road. In the letter to Prime Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan noted that the action of Karnataka police will hit the flow of essential commodities to Kerala.
Mathrubhumi News has published a copy of this letter.
Karnataka police have blocked the road to Kannur from Karnataka. Following this, many vehicles carrying essential commodities to Kerala are stranded on the highway. Earlier, Kerala had held talks with Karnataka chief secretary on the matter.
Now, Karnataka has blocked the path at Kootupuzha where a new bridge is being constructed. This area comes under the administration of Kerala.
Following this, the transportation of goods including essential commodities like rice and vegetables to Kerala is completely blocked.
As per the new order following the lockdown, Karnataka ordered that goods transportation to Kerala is allowed only through the checkpost on Wayanad-Muthanga road. But, transportation will be allowed under strict conditions. Hence, north Malabar areas will face price hike of essential commodities as the vehicles have to cover a distance above 100 kilometres to transport goods.