Trucks to be escorted on NH-53 today
Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, May 24 2010: Goods Trucks, oil tankers and gas bullet tankers would leave for Jiribam tomorrow under security escorts.

The vehicles which would be leaving tomorrow have already lined up at Patsoi and Keithelmanbi.

Meanwhile, DGP, Manipur, Y Joykmuar today announced in a statement that security convoy for vehicles for Jiribam are being arranged tomorrow (May 25).The convoy will start at 9 am from Keithelmanbi.

Vehicles intending to proceed to Jiribam under this arrangement have been asked to line up at Keithelmanbi by 8 am tomorrow.

The vehicles which are not in good condition should not be detailed by the owners for the journey, the DGP advised.

He stated that the ROP and escorts would be provided by the Manipur police, Army, Assam Rifles, CRPF and BSF.

On the other hand, the repairing works on the weak bridges on the stretch of the NH-53 will be completed within a week's time, officials of the Border Road Task Force (BRTF) at Shillong have reportedly assured.

The BRTF officials gave the assurance in a telephonic talks, said the state Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister, Y Irabot said today.

During the talk, he briefed on the condition of the stretch of the NH-53 which he found on his journey on the highway from Jiribam to Imphal, Irabot said.

He had told the BRTF authority that over 200 Imphal bound goods laden trucks were still stranded at Jiribam and many trucks were waiting for heading Silchar (Assam) on this route to procure essential commodities on this route.

Minister, Irabot also observed that there would be no disturbances if adequate security be provided on the 11 kilometer of the stretch from Noney to Tupul.

He also said that the petroleum products and essential commodities procured from Jiribam with security escort under his personal supervision will be distributed to the people at the earliest.

He is holding consultation with his official on the mode of distribution, he said.

Meanwhile, another report said that around 150 goods laden trucks including 80 oil tankers are stranded at various places on the stretch from Silchar to Jiribam.

A spokesperson of the Manipur Petroleum Tankers Driver Union informed Hueiyen Lanpao that most of the trucks and oil tankers had left Imphal on May 21 with security escort.

Drivers of oil tankers who are members of the union are getting ready to ply with security escorts to procure petroleum products in the interest of the public.

On the other hand, the union also clarified that any representatives of the Union took part in the meeting between the Chief Minister and transporters.

He also expressed gratitude to the Assam Majadur Union for extending help in kinds of rice and dal.