Transporters' union threatens to halt service
Source: Hueiyen News Service
Imphal, October 29 2011:
Hit by fuel crisis as a result of prolonged economic blockade along the National Highways over the Sadar hills district demand, transporters have decided to cease service if the government does not take up necessary arrangements for ensuring adequate supply of fuel.
While All Manipur School Students' Transporters' Association (AMSSTA), Imphal has decided to cease service if the government fails to make special arrangement for ensuring adequate fuel supply by October 31, the All Manipur Bus Owners' Association has announced its decision of staying away from continuation of passenger service with effect from November 1 if the government does not provide adequate fuel to passenger buses.
In a statement, General Secretary of the Association Y Sunder Singh pointed out that continuing the service in the light of shortage of fuel on account of economic blockade has become a difficult task for the transporters.
He demanded that special arrangement for allocation of fuel to the transporters in the service of ferrying students to ensure adequate supply of fuel in all the oil pumps by October 31.Or else, the Assn would be compelled to cease service for some time, the General Secretary informed.
Meanwhile, All Manipur Bus Owners' Association (AMBOA) has announced its decision to discontinue passenger service from November 1 if the government fails to make similar arrangement for supplying adequate fuel by Monday.
Secretary of AMBOA A Priyokumar Singh pointed out that since the discontinuation of allotment of 6 KL of fuel to the buses in passengers service since October 24, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the bus owners to continue service with the fuel purchased from black market.