Directorate of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution (CAF&PD), Govt. of Manipur is worried about the stock position of fuel in the state as UNC’s general 10 days economic blockade has severely affected transportation of fuels and other essential commodities along NH 2. The UNC economic blockade enters 2 days and as no oil tanker truck arrived along the NH 2. The fuel stock was already running dry as no goods truck were allowed to travel during October 18 to Oct 31.
Regarding the matter the CAF & PD has written the Deputy General Manager of Indian Oil, Noonmati Guwahaiti to allow the transportation of fuel along Imphal-Jiribam route.
The content of the letter written by the Director CAF& PD is produced below:
“As you are aware that stock position of Petroleum Products of IOC and other oil marketing companies in Manipur has been affected much in view of blockades called by different organisations along National Highway – 2 (Imphal – Dimapur) which is the main route for transportation since 18 October, 2015 till 31st October, 2015 of Petroleum Products and other essentials commodities.
“Another economic blockade along the same NH-2 has been imposed by UNC till 10th November, 2015 w.e.f. 2nd November, 2015. Only one and half day (part of 31st October and full day of 1st November, 2015) only were available time for transportation of Petroleum Products along NH-2 towards Manipur.
“The little amount of stock of Petroleum Products which had not been inducted for 12 days cannot be compensated by transportation in one half day & one full day. While the stock is inadequate, it has to last for full 10 days without any induction during the blockade period of 10 days. Then, it will be difficult to manage for rationing the delivery of Petroleum Products to the Public. Meanwhile, Consumers will need Petrol & Diesel for operating private vehicle/passenger services and also LPG Gas for the incoming biggest festival of Ningol Chakkouba in the State due on 13th November, 2015.
“Considering the need of the public who have been suffering shortage of Petroleum Products for about a fortnight, it is advisable to IOC to ensure that all IOC tankers/bullets ply along NH-37 (Imphal-Jiribam Route) at the earliest and to make specific arrangement at the nearest refuelling station to supplement the existing deplorable stock of Petroleum Products in Manipur in public interest.
“It is also proposed that one time induction of MS and LPG in bulk from Guwahati may be made in addition to the present transport tankers in Manipur to ease out the fuel concern in the State. The IOC officials at Imphal may also be directed to coordinate with State Police Department to provide escort to resume the fuel transportation along NH-37.”