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Centre not enhancing fuel storage : Ibobi
NEW DELHI/ IMPHAL, DEC 19 (AGENCIES/ Correspondent):
Published on 20 Dec. 2010 12:09 AM IST
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Lamenting that the Centre has not fulfilled the long-pending demand of the state to enhance its fuel storage capacity, Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh today said had the delay taken place in states like West Bengal or Maharashtra the situation could have turned violent.
“It is an eight-year-old demand to increase the fuel storage capacity of the state... The present storage capacity is very less and people face problem when fuel supplies run out,” Singh said. Singh claimed that despite the IOC being allocated with land to set up a bigger depot so that the storage capacity could be increased to three months from the present 13 days, no action has been taken so far.
Earlier this year, the Naga Students’ Federation had enforced a blockade of National Highway 39 running into several days to protest elections to Autonomous District Councils in Manipur hills and Manipur government’s decision to ban entry of NSCN leader T Muivah to the state. The blockade chocked essential supplies to Manipur.
Manipur pressing
centre to lift PAP
Manipur government is also pressing the centre to lift the Protected Area Permit (PAP) from the state, said government spokesperson IFCD and YAS minister, N Biren during the launching function of the signature campaign here on Sunday.
“Government was lobbying Centre for the removal of the PAP that restricts foreigners visiting the state. I and Tourism Minister TN Haokip had also discussed the matter with the Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram during his recent visit in the state,” N Biren said.
The Manipuri Association of Canada (MAC) initiated the campaign for submitting an online petition to the Prime Minister in association with Manipuris residing in other countries highlighting the grievances faced by them while visiting Manipur. The campaign is targeting 50,000 signatures across the globe. A petition would be submitted to the Prime Minister of India with copies to Home Minister, External Affairs Minister, Tourism Minister, Minister of Development of North East Region (DoNER), Manipur Chief Minister and other politicians.
It may be mentioned that foreigners are restricted from visiting some places and states of India including Manipur without obtaining prior permission under the Act. Mizoram and Nagaland are other two states in the Northeastern region protected under the Foreigner (Protected Areas) Act.

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