Gangtok, 01 Jul:
One of the many repercussions of the ongoing unrest in Darjeeling has been the disruption in the transport of goods from Siliguri to Gangtok and the courier services in Sikkim have also taken a hit.
Blue Dart's branches located in M.G Marg which provide to and fro daily services from Gangtok to Siliguri has been going under loss since the announcement of the indefinite strike in Darjeeling. Their last delivery from Siliguri was on 26 Jun which was received by the management during the odd hours of 3 a.m and the only batch dispatched for Siliguri was on the very same day.
All important and urgent documents for passport, college admission documents, some official documents are sent through this service and they are not willing to shoulder such responsibility in these circumstances fearing loss and damage of the same en route.
Prior to the bandh, another courier company, DTDC used to transport shipment of 60-70 packages to and fro per day but now the company is also suffering losses. The mail van from Siliguri has not made any delivery and due to this a bulk of packages to be sent through the same van has been lying around in the office itself.
They have been sending the packages through SNT buses where one bag is charged Rs 100.
The Delhivery Private Limited, located in Tibet road, Gangtok provides courier services for online shopping sites specifically catering to Amazon, one of the largest online stores.
The Assistant Manager of the said courier service stated that prior to the bandh the company used to receive shipment of about 1000 products in a day and dispatch 200-300 packages. However, the company's business has gone down by 50% since the bandh was declared.
The shipment from Siliguri comes only till Melli or Rangpo and it has to be received by the company from there on. This has created a hassle for the company and the business is suffering.
The Management of Air Express, Gangtok stated that they are suffering a huge pecuniary loss due to the present situation.
They stated that as of now nothing has been done to address the situation but the Courier Service Providers have been called by the Police Department on 03 Jul for a meeting. They hope the Government will pay heed to their plight and take measures to redress the current situation.