IMPHAL, Sep 1 - Landslides on the 215 km Imphal-Dimapur Highway in Nagaland�s Phesama village and damage to the bridge over Barak river in Tamenglong district have sent prices of essential commodities rising in Manipur.
The price of super-fine rice (50 kg) bag has increased from the normal Rs 600-Rs 700 to Rs 1200-Rs 1500 in the last few days. Cement prices have also shot up with a bag of cement being sold at Rs 500, up from the normal Rs 420.
�Besides rice, the price of onion has also increased to Rs 80 per kg�, a 55-year-old housewife here said. However, the prices of locally available products such as potato have not increased.
According to buyers, the prices of fish, fruits, etc., have also increased and differ from shop to shop. The price of betelnut leaves has also climbed. A mitha pan or zarda pan which was sold at Rs 5-Rs 7 is being sold at Rs 10 in the last few days, according to a local shopkeeper.
Meanwhile, petrol vehicles are likely to come to a halt in Manipur in the next few days if fuel supplies continue to be disrupted. Diesel vehicles have some more time before existing stocks run out, according to a senior official of IOC here. The official said that the existing stock of petrol will last for another two days and diesel for another 12 days.