GUWAHATI, Aug 1 - Federation of North Eastern Consumer Organisation (FONECO), an apex body of the consumer organisations of the eight Northeastern States, has demanded immediate intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for improving the condition of the Assam-Tripura road, which is the lifeline of Tripura.
On behalf of FONECO, advocate Amrit Lal Saha, president, Consumers� Protection Association, Agartala, advocate Ajoy Hazarika, secretary, Consumers� Legal Protection Forum, Assam, and Adap Mailing, secretary, All Arunachal Pradesh Consumer Association submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister.
The memorandum highlighted the problems faced by people of Tripura due to the deplorable condition of the highway.
According to FONECO, the State of Tripura is facing food and fuel shortage due to the poor condition of the National Highway connecting that State with the rest of India.
In the memorandum, FONECO mentioned that a large number of trucks transporting essential commodities remain stranded in Karimganj district of Assam due to the road condition.
�Many petrol depots in Tripura remained closed for days together. Prices of essential commodities are soaring. We fear that the State is staring at acute shortage of essential commodities in the days to come,� said FONECO.
FONECO alleged that the road connecting Tripura has not been maintained according to the required standards, resulting in the present crisis.
�We insist that the Assam-Tripura highway be restored on a war footing. Common people of Tripura are facing serious problems. We also request the Central Government to take up the issue with the Bangladesh Government to allow transit of essential commodities to Tripura through the neighbouring country,� said FONECO.