Dry spells at petrol pumps to continue
Consensus eludes mode of fuel distribution

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 24 2010: The much anticipated meeting of the Government, chaired by Chief Minister O Ibobi today at 10 am, to discuss the modalities of distributing petroleum products and PDS items to the consumers ended in an anti-climax as no consensus could be arrived amongst the Council of Ministers.

As such, necessary order for distribution of petroleum products could not be issued today due to differences and the meeting ended in a stalemate.

Nevertheless, the meeting decided to provide 1000 litres of fuel to school vans at specified oil pumps, 35000 litres of diesel to public transporters daily as well as to stock diesel in every district for use in agricultural purposes.

On the other hand, however, Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution has already arranged distribution of fuel to the public under a rationing system after setting aside the required quantities for the ADC elections and purposes of vital importance.

With the aim to provide LPG to the public, the LPG tankers and bullets which arrived at Imphal on May 22 have unloaded at Sekmai bottling plant.

The process of bottling the LPG cylinders started but this was stopped all of a sudden without giving any reason.

After the stranded vehicles were brought to Imphal by Minister Erabot on May 22, the stock of petrol has risen to 500 Kl, diesel to 1560 Kl, kerosene to 600 Kl and ATF to 149 Kl.

These are inclusive of the stocks available at 1st MR and 2nd MR.In another development, the State Government has decided to send empty trucks for ferrying goods from Jiribam tomorrow together with security escorts.

On the other hand, even as stock of petroleum products has improved a bit, the same could not be distributed today due as no consensus could be arrived.

According to spokesperson of the SPF, N Biren, the State Government has decided to send empty trucks to Jiribam tomorrow after the State Cabinet studied the details of deployment and arrangements of security escorts along National Highway-53 .

The DGP has been instructed to make necessary arrangements.

In accordance with the Cabinet decision, DGP Y Joykumar has issued a statement asking all transporters intending to travel to Jiribam to assemble their vehicles at Keithelmanbi before 8 am.

The convoy will start its journey at 9 am.

The DGP's statement also asked owners not to send vehicles which are not in good condition for the journey.

ROP and escorts would be provided by Manipur Police, Army, Assam Rifles, CRPF and BSF.

On May 23, a good number of goods trucks were damaged in attack by blockade supporters while some drivers were injured.