NH 54 repairing hit hard Mizoram, shortages of gas and oil

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Aizawl, Oct 10 (UNI) Tardy progress of widening roads of NH 54, the lifeline of landlocked Mizoram, has debilitating effect on the state econony following short supplies of essentials, officials here today said.

Reports of short supplies of cooking gas and other essential commodities have been pouring in here from several parts of the state for past week.

Civil supplies and consumer affairs officials told UNI that the rise in demand, particularly of cooking gas and food, during Durga Puja in the country added fuel to the crisis.

The short supplies were due to hampering import of essentials as Border Roads Organisation was widening the roads between Silchar and Bagha in Assam on the NH. The widening of roads was also affected due to incessant rains.

Hundreds of trucks carrying supplies have been stranded near Bagha forcing the BRO to divert Mizoram bound via Kabuganj-Sonai Road.

Vehicles were seen making a beeline today in front of some petrol pumps here causing a traffic jam.

The commoners were hit hard by the shortage of cooking gas as they were forced to go for kerosene and charcoals for cooking.

''We have resorted to charcoal for cooking since the past few weeks. Forget about gas, even kerosene is also not easy to find,'' said Ramliana, a daily earner, who lives in a rented house in Aizwal. Meanwhile, the officials said the normalcy would return shortly.

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