AGARTALA, Aug 2 - In view of the severe fuel crisis in Tripura due to disruption of vehicular movement on the damaged NH-8, the State Government has demanded dispatch of fuel by rail as it is now on the broad gauge map of the country following the flagging-off of a train between Agartala and Delhi on Sunday.
�We submitted a memorandum to the Railway Minister on Sunday, charting out eight demands, including dispatch of fuel. It seems he is taking a very proactive role to meet our demands. He immediately directed the rail officers to discuss the matter with the IOC. Later, the officials of the rail and IOC met in the State guest house,� Transport Minister Manik Dey said today.
Vehicular movement through the NH-8 has been seriously affected since the last three months due to the damage of a portion at Karimganj in Assam following incessant rainfall and waterlogging and hence, the State has been facing an acute crisis of fuel.
Dey said the other demands include introduction of four trains within Tripura to connect Agartala with Dharmanagar, the northernmost town in the State, direct train from here to Chennai and other big cities of the country.
The Railway Minister on Sunday announced that a direct train between Agartala and Kolkata would be introduced this month. Dey also demanded inclusion of Tripura in the Trans-Asian rail network.
After the Trans-Asian railway network is established, Tripura can be included with the network if a 257-km rail track is laid from Tripura�s Jawaharnagar in Dhalai district to Kalay of Myanmar through neighbouring Mizoram�s Darlon, Dey said. � PTI