Nashik: As farmers are on strike in the state, milk tankers are being stopped at various places and milk is being spilled on roads. Stones were also pelted at milk tankers at some places. As a result, milk cooperative societies have stopped supply of milk and not a single tanker reached the city on Monday. Milk producers demanded police protection for transport of milk.
Nashik district receives highest milk supply from Ahmednagar district. Godavari, Rajhans and Vikas dairies are suppling milk in packets to Nashik. The city requires around 1.40 lakh litres of milk daily. As milk tankers of Godavari and other dairies were brought to Nashik in police protection in last three days, Nashikites did not feel the shortage of milk.
As vehicles were damaged at Sonai in Ahmednagar district, milk tanker drivers are scared. They are not ready to drive the tankers. Nashikites have to face shortage of milk for next one-two days. If situation goes out of control, Nashikites are likely to be completely deprived of milk.
As not a single tanker was on road on Monday, milk was not collected and not a single tanker reached Nashik.
Officials of regional dairy development department demanded police protection from Ahmednagar police, but they could not get it. A demand was made on Monday that Nashik district administration and police administration should provide protection from Ahmednagar district.
12 tankers of Kopargaon cooperative milk producers society has got stuck in Ahmednagar district. Out of these, 8 vehicles will be coming to Nashik for milk distribution, whereas 3 tankers will be headed to Mumbai and a single vehicle will head to Surat. Nashikites are likely to face shortage of milk if supply is halted. Sweet shops, hotels and tea vendors are likely to be affected the most. Due to security concerns, milk transporters suggested that milk be transported by government tankers, but the administration expressed helplessness due to non-availability of tankers.
There is reduction in supply of milk in Nashik. The milk supply has reduced by 21.25% in cooperative dairies from May 31st to June 4. It has been 38% in the division. Milk supply by private societies has reduced by 90.46%, informed credible sources from the district administration.