TDC demands proper supply of fuel for passengers
Source: The Sangai Express
Imphal, February 06 2017:
The Transporters and Drivers Council (TDC) has urged the Government to further enable the fuel reservation system and to make preparations to enable distribution of diesel from three reserved oil pumps for the passenger vehicles.
Speaking to media persons at TDCs office at MG Avenue, H Ranjit, president of TDC, said that a meeting of the leaders of 40 transporters and passenger services societies was held in order to discuss the difficulties posed by the shortage of fuel particularly diesel.
"Three oil pumps namely Heirangoithong service station, Kusum oil pump and Tiddim service station have been reserved for the school buses, water tankers and diesel passenger vehicles taking into account the various reports of fuel shortage and hike in fares submitted to TDC", he said.
Pointing out that the reservation system came as a result of insufficient amount of fuel being bought in the State by the IOC, H Ranjit said, "300 to 400 kilolitres of diesel are required daily by the passenger vehicles of the State.
This amount was normally supplied by IOC along with 40 to 50 kilolitres by the NRL" .
The reservation made by the Government is only 36 kilolitres but will still be provided to school buses, power tillers and all the diesel powered passenger vehicles.
H Ranjit said that the reservation system is needed in order to eliminate the inconveniences faced by the passenger vehicles which fail to procure fuel due to conflicting schedule adding that the organisation will not entertain the claim made by one particular organisation opposing the reservation system.
He asked why fuel was not distributed yesterday and why only 15 to 20 fuel trucks were brought in despite the High Court ruling which ordered 100 trucks per trip.
He urged the Government to reserve the three oil pumps in order to ease the fuel shortage faced by the passenger vehicles and to distribute around 12 Kilolitres of fuel at each pump.
"Distribute 12 kilolitres each at Thoubal, Kakching and Bishnupur also", he added.
Pointing out that a permit system was in place for the 40 society in order to ease the distribution of fuel, H Ranjit said, "Since the IOC is bringing in the fuel, it should take responsibility uninterrupted supply of the fuel" .