Frequent economic blockades called by various organizations in Manipur have been causing huge economic loss to the state. The obstruction also causes problem for local commuters besides affecting the supply of essential commodities.
Vehicular movement on Imphal-Dimapur highway was obstructed and over 200 trucks carrying essential commodities remained stranded for many days.
The blockade which came into force on December 2 midnight was called by several civil societies of Sadar Hills including Kuki Inpi, KSO and Kuki Women Union.
They are demanding urgent repair of the highway. Though the blockade was later lifted, it has caused huge loss to the exchequer.
”It will lose lot of exchequer to the treasury of the government at least 2 to 3 crore per day. It has gone down one third. It will be around 50 lakhs nowadays,” said Md. Wahir-Ud-Din, Inspector, Taxation Department, Hengbung, Government of Manipur.
“Drivers are facing lot of problem. In Manipur, we are being involved into small issues. We are supplying daily commodities to the people. If we can’t serve people then how will they get essential commodities? What do they think about drivers? There should not be a blockade on small issues instead the issues should be sorted out with the government,” said Bishworjit Singh, truck driver.
In another strike called by Kuki Students’ Organization (KSO), protesters blocked NH 102 and burnt tyres causing severe problem for commuters.
They were protesting against alleged “inhumane conduct” by security forces in Sadar Hill district. Commuters were forced to walk on foot from Senapati headquarters to Matbung village of Sadar hills because of the bandh.
“Blockades should not be imposed. The issues should be resolved through dialogue with the government. They should not hassle the public,” said Sosho Singh, commuter.
The hill districts of Manipur have witnessed frequent blockades resulting in huge economic loss and inconvenience to public.