Manipur Blockade: Surge in prices, fuel crisis hit the state

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Imphal, Nov 6: Due to the hike in fuel prices, the north eastern state of Manipur is struggling for fuel. Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress and other political parties have slammed the centre for the fuel hike. Petrol is running short in Manipur due to the economic blockade.

The essential commodities that are transported by road has been cut-off for the last 99 days. Agitators blocked the two national highways of Manipur-Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati (NH-39) and Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar (NH-53). The government is looking for an alternative route for the supply of commodities.

"Around 100 trucks, including 32 trucks of petrol and 42 trucks of diesel have started moving towards Imphal from 5 am on Monday. The Assam government has allowed a temporary bypass arrangement," said N Biren Singh, the spokesperson for the state government.

"When the trucks reach Imphal, there will be improvement, I think. The trucks will be reaching Imphal by Monday evening or early morning of Tuesday," said Singh

Mr Singh showed his confidence and believes that the issue would be solved soon. He said, "We are confident on the talks and negotiations. We are trying hard."

Economic blockade has worsened the condition of the state. The state has been facing the shortage of essential commodities for the last three months.

Meanwhile, the state government's signing of deal with the Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) has given some relief to the state. But the Nagas were not happy with the United Naga Council's decision with the tribe further intensifying the counter-blockade.

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