As a precautionary measure to combat the fuel inefficiency and scarcity which has plagued the state of Tripura, the authorities of the Western and Southern frontiers of Tripura have officially announced the imposition of the odd-even scheme, which is nothing but a slightly tweaked form of the odd-even scheme launched in Delhi earlier this year.
The main objective of the decision was to put a check on the petrol demand in the state and has thereby, ordered petrol stations to provide petrol to bikes following the odd and even number format. Therefore, with effect from Thursday, bikes with odd and even number plates would get petrol supply on alternate days.
The implications of this od-even scheme would continue till there is further notice from the civil supplies department. As per the civil supplies minister Bhanu Lal Saha, the prevalent scenario at the National Highway 44 in South Assam has negatively affected the supply of fuel in Agartala, which has prompted them to launch the odd-even scheme to curb the excessive fuel demand in the state.
The fuel stations were experiencing massive queues throughout the day. Despite the distribution control of fuel, the overall demand among vehicle owners did not seem to reduce. In fact, certain bikers are using the crisis situation to their advantage, and are selling fuel at high rates.
All such issues led to the initiation of the odd-even rule wherein fuel supply would be provided to odd or even registration number vehicles every alternate day. This would mathematically reduce the demand by half, and also the congestion would be relaxed a bit. The Highway, on the other hand, is expected to be up and running in another 3 to 4 days alleviating all fuel worries for vehicle owners.