Public still facing price rise, shortage problem
Source: Hueiyen News Service
Imphal, November 09 2011:
Even though loads of essential commodities are being ferried in the state through the NH 37 under tight security escorts and ROPs, people in the state are facing the same untold miseries of price rise and unavailability of these products.
People are still spending Rs 180 or more for a litre of petrol and Rs 80 or more for a litre of diesel despite of the regular inflow of petroleum products in the state.
Besides, prices of all other essential commodities are also sold at a higher rate than normal.
Manipur Police is extending maximum cooperation and has been providing adequate security escorts and ROPs along the NH 37 besides the troops of Assam Rifles and CRPF.
Man powers of Additional SP Jiribam and personnel of 5th MR Jiribam are taking the responsibilities of guarding the 31 km long stretch of the highway from Jiribam to Makru and the goods trucks within the perimeter from predators who wait for chance to burn or destroy the vehicles in the name of economic blockade.
A driver of a goods truck told Hueiyen Lanpao that they do not face any types of extortion along the stretch since the whole stretch is full with security personnel guarding the trucks.
However, they always have a constant fear of their vehicle breaking down on the road and being left out from the column.
Another problem they are facing along the highway is the bumpy and dusty condition of the highway which slow down the speed of the column and require around 20 litre of petrol more than normal driving since they drive in the 2nd gear only.
According to the existing provisions of the Transport Department, the hiring charge for Inter State Transport Services is Rs 6960 for a truck load of 9 tons including a holding charge of Rs 1291 .
Above these, an additional charge of Rs 640 is provided for ever ton above the normal load of 9 tons.