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Freight trucks escorted to Imphal via Assam
Correspondent IMPHAL, May 21:
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Published on 21 May. 2010 11:03 PM IST
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As many as 235 freight trucks headed Imphal on Friday with heavy security escort from Silchar, Assam on the Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar section of NH-53 even as Indian Airforce cargo airlifted petroleum products.
State consumer affairs, food and public distribution minister, Y Erabot Singh also left for Imphal this morning to take stock of the situation personally.
Official report said a total of 235 freight trucks including 165 loaded with essential commodities, 33 LPG and 37 oil tankers left Jiribam with security escorts personnel of the 1st and 5th Indian Reserved Battalion (IRB). Further, according to official report from state home department, the volume of to and fro of freight vehicles had also been increasing on the Imphal-Churachandpur-Aizwal via Silchar section of the NH-150.
Meanwhile, 43 vehicles include 17 heavy vehicles, 10 medium vehicles and 16 light vehicles carrying essential commodities reached Churachandpur with 270 barrels of diesel, 81 barrels of petrol, 2320 cement bags and 96 filled LPG cylinders. A total of 32 metric tones of life saving drugs/medicines had been airlifted in Imphal by air cargo, official reports said.
On the other hand, with no hope of resuming normal traffic on the Imphal-Dimapur section of the NH-39, drivers of the freight trucks had expressed their willingness to ply on the NH-53 instead of government efforts improving the NH-150 (Imphal-Churachandpur-Aizawl-Silchar road considering the long distance to be covered in procuring the essential commodities.

 
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