PMO monitoring stock position in State
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 09 2010: The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has been directly monitoring the existing stock position of essential commodities including petroleum products in Manipur and the State Government has been sending its daily report to the Centre in this regard.

On the other hand, as the condition of the Imphal-Dimapur Road at Makhan and Chakhumai, where landslides have occured, Imphal bound goods laden trucks coming from Dimapur have to be dragged across the slush with the help of bulldozers.

As for the Imphal-Jiribam stretch of National Highway-53, there has been no sign of any improvement.

Repair work on NH-39 with PMO on sharp vigil and petrol sold in the black in front of a closed outlet

According to an official source, following reimposition of economic blockade along for 20 days by the UNC despite the problem of acute shortage of essential commodities in the State on account of the earlier 68-day long economic blockade called by ANSAM and the subsequent decision of the Transporters and Drivers Council not to take the NH-39 route again, the Prime Minister's Office has been directly monitoring the stock position of essential commodities in Manipur.

The Department of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has also been sending report on the existing stock position of rice, sugar and petroleum products and details on the capacity of the godown to PMO and MHA.

Information received from Mao Police said that as part of the ongoing arrangement under MHA, in all 23 oil tankers, 22 bullet tankers, 71 loaded trucks and 9 light vehicles coming through National Highway 39 reported with CRPF escorts reportedly crossed Mao Gate today.

Another 83 empty trucks, 19 oil tankers, 9 bullet tankers and 9 buses have also left Mao Gate for Dimapur today, Mao police conveyed.

Meanwhile, though goods laden vehicles are reportedly being dragged with the help of bulldozers to cross Makhan and Chakhumai area, where large portion of the Imphal-Dimapur road have been depressed, there has been no improvement in the condition of the National Highway 53.The State Govt has been pressing the service of many contractors and machineries to improve the condition of Imphal-Jiri Road.

But there has been no sign of any improvement due to inclement weather and constant movement of vehicles.

The deplorable condition of the road is such that it has been taking more than one day for the goods laden vehicles to reach Nungba from Kaimai via Barak.

In case of break down along the way, the only option available is to get stranded there days before any help could reach the truckers.