Lockdown Phase 3: Trucking set to Surge as Industrial Activity Bounces Back in 603 Districts?

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The MHA today released an Order, effectively extending a curtailed lockdown across the country for the next 2 weeks. The 733 districts in India have been divided into 319 Green Zones, 284 Orange Zones and 130 Red Zones – this is as per Order issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on 30th April. 

Check out the MHA Order dated 1st May here: 

MHA Order – 01.05.2020

As per the Lockdown Order dated 1st May, following broad activities will continue to remain prohibited across all zones irrespective of categorization: 

Air Travel, Trains, Inter-State Buses, Metro rail services, Inter-State movement of people, Educational Institutions, Hospitality services, Establishments like cinema halls, malls etc and any kind of social / political / academic / entertainment / religious etc gatherings or congregations.

For all the above activities, exceptions have been specified in cases pertaining to medical / security / administrative reasons. Please check Point No. 4 in the circular for more details. 

The Order again reiterates the directive that inter-state movement of goods / cargo, including empty trucks should be allowed unhindered. States also cannot stop the movement of Cargo for cross land-border trade under Treaties with neighbouring countries. (Refer Points 11 & 12)

In Green Zones all activities are permitted except the ones mentioned above. 

In Orange Zones all activities are permitted except the ones mentioned above and inter & intra district plying of buses. 

In Red Zones, extra prohibited activities are cycle and auto-rickshaws, taxis, cab aggregators, intra and inter district plying of buses, barber shops and salons. A range of activities in Red Zones will be permitted in a restrictive manner.

An important takeaway from the above is that Industrial Activity is permitted and set to resume in Green and Orange Zones. In Red Zones, all Industrial Activity is being permitted in Rural Areas while in Urban Areas, some restrictions are applied. (Check Point 7 (ii) (b) ). 

With Industrial Activity set to restart in 603 districts completely (Green + Orange) and in 130 districts partially (Red), this could be a huge boost for the Trucking Community. Demand for vehicles might see a spike starting as early as 2nd May. 

WheelsEye would suggest truckers to start preparing and planning for a sharp rise in demand going forward. With Industrial activities starting in 82% of districts in India, we might be poised for a resurgence in Trucking Mobility very soon. 

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