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Manipur facing acute fuel crisis

By Sobhapati Samom

IMPHAL, Nov 9 � Manipur is facing the worst-ever fuel crisis as the fuel outlets have stopped sale of petroleum products since the last three days following the on-going blockade and subsequent collapse of a bridge.

According to Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) records on November 7, the blockade hit State has a stock of just 214 kilolitres of petrol, 583 kilolitres of diesel and 151 kilolitres of cooking gas against the daily requirement 70 kl of petrol, 200 kl of diesel and 80 kl of cooking gas respectively. It also has a stock of 1,128 kilolitres of kerosene against the daily requirement of 80 kilolitres. The present stock of fuel will therefore last barely two-three days.

Manipur is facing face the supplies crisis as the State continues to reel under blockade imposed by United Naga Council on NH 39 and 53 since August 21, though the Sadar Hills District Demand Committee sponsored blockade was suspended on October 31 following an understanding with the government over the creation of Sadar Hills district.

Sudden closing of all fuel outlets forced Imphalites to buy petrol at Rs 180-220 per litre, diesel at Rs 80-100 and cooking gas cylinder at Rs 2000. The State provides fuel allocations to the important fuel outlets out of the 40 outlets in the State.

The situation has been worsened after the collapse of a bridge on NH 53 last week at Sadarghat near Silchar in southern Assam even though the authority managed to bring in essential supplies including fuel once or twice a week through the said 225 km Imphal-Jiribam route (NH 53) with security escorts fpr trucks.

Meanwhile, Jiribam District Demand Committee demanding conversion of Jiribam sub-division into a district, has warned to launch another fresh blockade on the same route beginning from November 10.

Official sources said, 86 fuel tankers have arrived here yesterday with security escorts from Jiribam via blockade-hit Jiribam-Imphal sector of NH 53.

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Manipur facing acute fuel crisis

IMPHAL, Nov 9 � Manipur is facing the worst-ever fuel crisis as the fuel outlets have stopped sale of petroleum products since the last three days following the on-going blockade and subsequent collapse of a bridge.

According to Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) records on November 7, the blockade hit State has a stock of just 214 kilolitres of petrol, 583 kilolitres of diesel and 151 kilolitres of cooking gas against the daily requirement 70 kl of petrol, 200 kl of diesel and 80 kl of cooking gas respectively. It also has a stock of 1,128 kilolitres of kerosene against the daily requirement of 80 kilolitres. The present stock of fuel will therefore last barely two-three days.

Manipur is facing face the supplies crisis as the State continues to reel under blockade imposed by United Naga Council on NH 39 and 53 since August 21, though the Sadar Hills District Demand Committee sponsored blockade was suspended on October 31 following an understanding with the government over the creation of Sadar Hills district.

Sudden closing of all fuel outlets forced Imphalites to buy petrol at Rs 180-220 per litre, diesel at Rs 80-100 and cooking gas cylinder at Rs 2000. The State provides fuel allocations to the important fuel outlets out of the 40 outlets in the State.

The situation has been worsened after the collapse of a bridge on NH 53 last week at Sadarghat near Silchar in southern Assam even though the authority managed to bring in essential supplies including fuel once or twice a week through the said 225 km Imphal-Jiribam route (NH 53) with security escorts fpr trucks.

Meanwhile, Jiribam District Demand Committee demanding conversion of Jiribam sub-division into a district, has warned to launch another fresh blockade on the same route beginning from November 10.

Official sources said, 86 fuel tankers have arrived here yesterday with security escorts from Jiribam via blockade-hit Jiribam-Imphal sector of NH 53.