The transporters in Himachal Pradesh have increased freight charges by over six percent following last week’s hike in diesel price.

The hike in freight, which comes into immediate effect, would have a spiralling effect on prices of consumer items as most of the fast moving consumer goods companies have set up facilities in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN) industrial belt in Solan district.

A representative of the transport industry said tempo unions in the BBN area have also increased freight charges by five to 10 percent.