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Trucks head to Imphal on NH-150
Correspondent IMPHAL, MAY 14:
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Published on 15 May. 2010 12:46 AM IST
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At least 40 freight trucks were headed for Imphal from Silchar on the Aizawl-Churachandpur-Imphal section of the NH-150 as the two important highways (NH-39 and NH-53) have been totally blocked by Naga protesters opposing Manipur’s decision not to allow NSCN (I-M) general secretary, Thuingaleng Muivah to visit his birthplace in that state.
Manipur government chose to use the NH-150 as alternative route for procuring essential commodities and life saving drugs, the stocks of which were sharply depleting owing to the prolonged economic blockade on the two highways. Government was initially considering ferrying goods on the Imphal-Jiribam section of the NH-53 but the planned was dropped for the time being considering weak and old bridges along the stretch of the highway besides the security concern of the truckers in the hilly and terrain areas.
A high level meeting of top officials of the Manipur government, top brasses of state police and central security forces convened by the chief minister on Wednesday had discussed the feasibility of using the NH-150 as alternative route to ferry the essential commodities.
Handing over the responsibility of security protection of the truckers and vehicles along the stretch from Churachandpur district headquarter to the Singjol (known as Guite road), the government decided to use the road for the time being. The distance of Imphal-Singjol is around 156 km.
The responsibility for providing security to the vehicles in Mizoram section would be taken by the Mizoram government. The road passes three districts of Mizoram. A total of 40 freight trucks left Silchar Friday for onward journey to Imphal, an official said. However, over 200 goods laden trucks which reached Silchar from Khatkati were still there. Mostly transport carriers, the truckers still wanted to take the NH-53 to reach Imphal, a report from Silchar said.
On the other hand, residents of Ukhrul district headquarters preparing for reception of Muivah on his visit to his birthplace staged a sit-in protest at Ukhrul town hall Friday decrying government’s decision to ban entry of Muivah in the state. Preparations for the stage at Tangkhul Ngana Long Ground for reception of the NSCN (I-M) leader has been completed, Shimreingam, a resident of Ukhrul town said adding that situation in the district was almost normal. He said none of the residents talked about Muivah’s arrival.
Meanwhile, Manipur Governor Gurbachan Jagat Friday met union home minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi. The duo was reported to have discussed the situation arising out of the economic blockade.

 
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