Mnp-bound trucks stranded on NH 37

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 15 | Publish Date: 12/15/2019 12:10:37 PM IST

With an economic blockade on Imphal-Jiribam section of NH-37 entering its fourth day on Sunday, a large number of Imphal-bound loaded trucks were stranded along the highway in Jiribam district.

Movement of loaded trucks along the second lifeline of Manipur (NH-37) has been disturbing since December 12, the day economic blockade was imposed by Land and Properties Owners’ Association NH-53/39 (LPOA), Tamenglong.

LPOA who has banned movement of goods-laden vehicles along the highway from Tupul to Phaitol area of Tamenglong district, has been pressing the government for the  immediate release of revised land compensation.

The association has been pressing the government to compensate land taken over by the government in widening the NH-37 from Tupul to Phaitol in Tamenglong district from time to time. 

A report from Jiribam said that over 200 Imphal-bound trucks loaded with essential commodities including some petroleum products carriers were stranding along the highway at Leingangpokpi of Jiribam bordering Tamenglong district.

Most of the trucks arrived at Jiribam yesterday after they were stranded for few days at various places of Assam owing to the raging anti-CAB protest, bandh, curfew etc. in the neighbouring state.

“The economic blockade has forced trucked to remain stranded again,” a driver of one of the stranded trucks said expressing displeasure on no security arrangements to allow them to pass the blockade area or to lift the economic blockade.

“We reached here facing the warlike situation in Assam with the hope of reaching Imphal once we cross Manipur-Assam border but we are left stranded here again,” a driver on condition of anonymity. 

He strongly criticised the state government for ignoring the plights of the truck drivers saying that they have been transporting essential commodities for the state facing hardships while plying on the highway.

The disturbance in the movement of the loaded trucks in the state was amid apprehension of the state facing shortage of essential commodities in the state if the turmoil  in neighbouring Assam continues further.

The raging anti-CAA protest in Assam had already hit normal procurement of petroleum products (petrol, diesel and LPG).  To meet the problem, the state CAF&PD has already regulated day to day delivery system of fuel to the public through retail outlets with effect from Sunday.

The regulation of vehicle fuel came following panic buyers thronging oil pumps to fill  their vehicle tanks  following report of stock depletion in the IOCL oil depots in Imphal.


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