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Oil scarcity hit Mizoram for blockade

Scarcity of oil hit Mizoram during the past few days and prices of vegetables hit the roof due to frequent road blockade of NH-44 and puja.

PTI| Updated: Oct 06, 2014, 13:38 PM IST

Aizawl: Scarcity of oil hit Mizoram during the past few days and prices of vegetables hit the roof due to frequent road blockade of NH-44 and puja.

State Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Minister John Rotluangliana said that scarcity of petrol and diesel was mainly caused by puja celebrations as only a few oil tankers entered Mizoram during the festive season.

"I hope that the oil scarcity would ease during this week," Rotluangliana told PTI, adding that recent road blockades in Meghalaya also contributed to the problem.

Meanwhile, vegetable prices soared in Aizawl with tomatoes sold at Rs 100-Rs 120 a kilo and potato costing Rs 50 a kilo since the past four days.

The Minister attributed the price rise in vegetables imported from outside the state to Puja celebrations and frequent blockade of NH 44 in Meghalaya, the lifeline of Mizoram and neighbouring states.