TDC ceases assisting transportation of goods
Source: Hueiyen News Service
Imphal, October 30 2011:
Unhappy over the failure of State Cabinet to take any decision in connection with payment of compensation for the trucks which have been burnt down during the course of ongoing economic blockade, Transporters and Drivers' Council (TDC) has ceased all its activities of assisting transportation of goods from today.
Announcing this at a press conference at its MG Avenue office here today, TDC President H Tiken observed that the failure of the Cabinet to take any decision over payment of compensation to the damaged trucks was unfortunate and it amounts to complete negation of the efforts of TDC towards ensuring smooth inflow of essential goods to the State despite the nearly 3-month long economic blockade of SHDDC along the National Highways.
He also lamented that no sign of any development works along National Highway 53 has been seen even though the government entrusted the task to BRO/BRTF for the last many years.
In this regard, one H Kullamani filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Gauhati High Court in July last year.
Consequently, the court had issued notices to all the respondents concerned.
But no response have been received, thus compelling the court to issue another order in July this year directing setting up of a joint monitoring cell comprising representatives of TDC, Northern Frontier Railways, Directorate of Transport, Gauhati High Court, DGP of Manipur, Chief Engineer of PWD, Commander of BRTF and DC Tamenglong, Tiken recalled.
After a joint inspection, a detailed report had been submitted to the court.
Based on the report, the court had also issued notices to Commander of BRTF, DGP of Manipur and DC Tamenglong for taking up necessary measures.
But the condition of the National Highway remains deplorable.
Under these circumstances, there is no need on the part of the state government to expect anything from BRO/BRTF.
The government should pay immediate and special attention to development the National Highway, the TDC President suggested.