Delhi team to take stock of situation
Oil tankers stream in via NH-39

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, July 28 2010: Even as oil tankers from Dimapur and Khatkhati have started arriving through National Highway-39 under the escorts of CRPF, a high level team from the Centre is due to arrive at Imphal on July 31 to take stock of the present shortage of essential commodities in the State.

According to an official source, the high level official team to be led by Secretary of Border Management, Ministry of Home Affairs, AE Ahmed will also include top officials of FCI, BRO and Petroleum Ministries.

On their arrival at Imphal on July 31, the Central officials will hold a meeting with the State Government officials to take stock of the present food crisis as well as shortage of other essential commodities following the over two months long economic blockade imposed by Naga frontal organisations and the subsequent decision of the transporters not to ply along National Highway 39 .

A now too familiar scene of people lining up outside a petrol pump to get their share-File

The Central team will leave Imphal the following day.

The proposed visit of the Central team was discussed during a meeting presided over by Chief Secretary DS Poonia and attended by DGP, Commissioner (Home), Commissioner (Transport) and officials of FCI and IOC today, the source added.

On the other hand, as part of the initiative being taken up by the Ministry of Home Affairs, 20 oil tankers arrived from Dimapur and Khatkhati through National Highway 39 today.

SP of Senapati Nishitkumar Ujjwal informed that the oil tankers have been escorted by CRPF personnel posted inside Nagaland till Mao gate from where the CRPF personnel posted on Manipur side took over the responsibility of transporting them to Imphal safely.

Information received from Mao Police said that another 59 loaded trucks and seven DI trucks have also crossed Mao Gate today.

Though these trucks have supposedly left for Imphal, there are instances in which they don't proceed further beyond Senapati and Kangpokpi, the source added.

Meanwhile, another source informed that around 30 empty oil tankers have left from here this morning with CRPF escorts along Imphal-Dimapur Road for lifting fuel.

Information received from Police in Imphal said that 72 other empty trucks have also left along the same route today.

It is said that Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has been monitoring transport of essential commodities to Manipur along the Imphal-Dimapur stretch of the National Highway 39 .