Passengers track on foot from Mao to Senapati to reach Imphal
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, April 18 2010: Passengers of inter-state buses, stranded at Mao gate owing to inclusion of passenger service vehicles within the purview of the economic blockade, tracked all the way upto to Senapati to catch inter-district bus to reach Imphal.

Four inter-state passenger buses were among around 300 vehicles stranded at Mao gate since the ANSAM announced intensified form of stir while extending the economic blockade on the national highways in the state for one week effective from midnight of April 17 .

The student body is demanding review of the government decision to conduct elections to the Autonomous (Hill) District Councils (ADC) under the Manipur (Hill) Autonomous District Council Act, 2008.The vehicles were stranded between Mao gate and Khuzuma gate on the Nagaland side.

Most of the trucks are loaded with highly decay-able items like fish, onion, potato and other vegetables from Guwahati, Dimapur and other cities outside the state.

Decay of goods had started as smell coming out from the truck loading the items.

Meanwhile, passengers of the inter-state buses remaining stranded since arrival at Mao gate tracked all the way upto Senapati to catch bus for onward journey to Imphal.

Drivers of the trucks stranded at Mao gate said that they are not satisfied with the mode of provision of security escort without adequate security measures on the stretch as the number of escort vehicles provided presently could not safeguard them from the blockade supporters.

On the other hand, medicines and fooding items were distributed to the truckers under the joint initiative of the Surface Transport Eco and Environment Society, Nagaland, All Manipur Road Transport and Drivers Motor Workers Union and Senapati District Drivers' Welfare Union.

Members of three bodies took part in the distribution.