Have nothing to eat: Truck

Have nothing to eat: Truck

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Have nothing to eat: Truck drivers, suppliers of essentials, struggle

Amid lockdown in India over novel coronavirus pandemic, thousands of truck drivers in West Bengal are struggling to find food as they travel hundreds of kilometres to carry gas tankers for filling LPG gas cylinders. At least 2,000 tankers, part of essential services in the lockdown, are now stranded on the National Highway 116B -- Mecheda to Haldia route. They have been waiting for almost two days since the lockdown began across country. Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Assam and Nepal are other areas of work permit for these truck drivers. Sharing his pain, 40-year-old Dharmendra Yadav said, "I have left my family behind and have come here. But as no shops are open, I have nothing to eat." The issue is that there are no vegetables available which has hit services of dhabas and road side food stations, most of which are already shut. "We are left with no food. We have no idea about what we will eat as no shops are opened. Even if they are opened, we are unable to go as police are not allowing us to go. We cannot stop this service as it is an essential item," Sunil Yadav, another truck driver, told. On this, the police said they will look into the matter and allow truck drivers to visit the markets. "We have no idea about this. We will look into it and will allow the drivers to visit markets," Tanmay Mukherjee, SDPO of Haldia Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday evening announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak. The Centre and state governments have taken measures to ensure that the supply of all essential items continue smoothly, PM Narendra Modi said, seeking to allay apprehensions among people about availability of food and other essential provisions.