Transporters' assns threaten cease service
Source: Hueiyen News Service
Imphal, November 20 2011:
Demanding a definite arrangement for the school student transporters in connection with providing fuel by November 22, All Manipur School Students' Transporters' Association (AMSSTA), Imphal has threatened to cease service from the following day, if the government fails to meet the demand.
In a statement, General Secretary of AMSSTA Y Sunder Singh pointed out that the new system of providing fuel rationing slips to the vehicles may be a good option to tide over the present fuel crisis, but it would cause great difficult for the school van drivers to manage with 10 litres of fuel for three days, because most of the school vans require 5 to 8 litres of fuel in a day.
Moreover, with final examination of the students in most schools commencing from the current month, the new system would affect the service of the school vans all the more as they sometimes have to go for picking or dropping students twice daily as the timing of the examinations in most schools is divided into morning session and afternoon session, Sunder explained.
Meanwhile, passenger vehicles also held out threat to stop plying on roads completely from Nov 22 .
Speaking to media persons at a press conference jointly organized by the All Manipur Bus Owners Association(AMBOA) and All Manipur Transporters Co-Operative Society Association(AMTCSA) at the association's office at Paona Bazaar, A Priyokumar, Secretary, AMBOA, said the new rule with regard to the issuing of fuel as announced yesterday by the Director of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, M Yaiskul will be a big blow to the passenger vehicles.
He pointed out that as against the quota of 40 litres because an amount of 50 to 90 liters of diesel is required for passenger vehicles on a daily basis.
He also said the new rule will only help encourage black marketers.
The passenger vehicle owners have decided not to acquire the fuel distributed by the government and at the same time has decided not to encourage the black marketers.
As such the passenger vehicles will stop plying on the roads from November 22 untill and unless the government provides a separate arrangement for providing fuel to them.
If any passenger vehicles ply on the roads against this decision, it will be their sole responsibility if any unwanted incident occurs, warned A Priyokumar.
It may be noted that at present there are 4000 Auto Rickshaws, 2000 Tata Magic and 500 Tata Winger giving service to the people in the state.