School vans not to resume service
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, May 27 2010: Vehicles of All manipur School Students Transporters' Association (AMSSTA) will not be able to resume service due to inadequate fuel provision.

Announcing decision of its inability to resume service which was supposed to commence from tomorrow, AMSSTA president M Lolitkumar told newspersons at Khongman Mangjing today that contrary to the Government order for issuing 12 kilolitres to vehicles (vans) engaged in transportation of students only half the quantity was provided during fuel rationing at Krishna premi oil pump, Moirangkhom.

Even though inadequacy of petrol provision to AMSSTA members was placed before the Transport Director the latter reportedly informed that only after exhaustion of the 6 KL petrol, another consignment of same quantity would be provided to the fuel outlet.

Inspite of the Director's assertion, only 585 card holders out of the Association's total of 873 members managed to purchase the rationed petrol, lolitkumar said adding that the shortage was re-conveyed to the Director.

However, the Director is informed to have told an AMSSTA team that no further petrol could be arranged for the school vans.

As a dejected AMSSTA team left KP oil City, Moirangkhom which was enlisted to provide fuel to carriers of students, Lolitkumar claimed they got information that the fuel outlet issued about 3000 litres later in the evening in order to control unruly behaviour by some agitated transporters.

AMSSTA also suggested the school authorities declare summer vacation for a specific period during which the situation might be conducive for the van operators to resume service.

Lolikumar also regretted inconveniences caused to parents/guardians.