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M’pur to procure goods from Assam
Correspondent IMPHAL, May 19:
Published on 20 May. 2010 12:12 AM IST
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With the green signal of complete domination of strategic points, authority of the Manipur government Wednesday started sending goods vehicles on NH-53 under heavy security coverage.
Over 100 empty trucks left Imphal today to procure essential commodities from Silchar in the continued efforts to replenish exhausted stocks of the essential commodities in Manipur owing to the month long economic blockade imposed by ANSAM, an official of the state home department said.
As many as 160 vehicles including empty trucks, oil tankers and inter-state passenger buses left Imphal for Silchar with security escorts provided by the personnel of the 4th IRB Wednesday morning.
Central paramilitary forces, CRPF and BSF guarded and the trucks are likely to reach Jiribam for onward journey to Silchar Wednesday evening.
No untoward incidents were reported till the vehicles were crossing the Barak bridge located between Oinamlong and Kambilong. A total of 113 vehicles including 99 trucks, seven Bullet tankers, two oil tankers and five passengers crossed the bridge, police report said.
Meanwhile, a total of 20 MT of rice and life saving drugs reached Imphal by air cargo on the third day of airlifting essential commodities in the state. The traffic volume on the Imphal-Churachandpur-Aizawl section of the NH-150 is also increasing day by day.
Distribution of rice item airlifted rice to the cardholders of the BPL and AAY is also continuing in several parts of the state. Seven metric tones of rice airlifted have been distributed to the cardholders of Imphal east and west.
Meanwhile, Manipur Chemists and Druggists Association (MCDA) has expressed gratitude to the authority of the state health and family welfare department for giving priority in the procurement of life saving drugs.
A statement of the association signed by its general secretary, Dr RK Ratankumar also appealed to allow ferry of vehicles carrying life saving drugs on the highways to the blockade callers considering the need of patients of every section of the society.

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