Shortage of essential items due to blockade in Manipur
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 16:12
Imphal: The Manipur government has taken measures to transport essential items and other goods along the Silchar-Jiribam-Imphal National Highway 53 due to indefinite economic blockade on Dimapur-Imphal National Highway 39, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

Manipur Sports Minister and government spokesman N Biren told mediapersons that the state cabinet yesterday discussed the present situation arising out of economic blockade by All Naga Students Association Manipur (ANSAM) and decided to bring essential commodities from Silchar in south Assam to Imphal.

ANSAM had launched the blockade some three weeks ago to protest against the state government's proposal to hold elections to autonomous district councils (ADC) in the hill area on May 26 on the grounds that not enough monetary power was given to the ADCs.

Biren said since there were some weak bridges along NH 53, trucks would be restricted to load a maximum of 10 tons and pointed out that petrol stock in the state would last for seven to 10 days.

Regarding disturbances by some section of Naga communities at Noney area along NH 53 blocking the road, Biren said concerned district officials have been instructed to negotiate with the agitators.

Meanwhile, prices of essential items have shot up due to scarcity of essential commodities.

Official sources said normally between 250 to 300 trucks loaded with essential items ply along the Imphal-Dimapur NH 39, which is considered to be the lifeline of Manipur, but because of the blockade, no vehicles have plied along this route for more than a week now.

They said earlier, loaded trucks were escorted by security personnel from Manipur-Nagaland border at Mao gate to Imphal but due to tension following NSCN (I-M) general secretary Th Muivah's attempt to enter Manipur last week, no vehicle plied along this route.

Sources said trucks loaded with essential items and other goods would be coming to Imphal from Silchar in the next few days.


First Published: Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 16:12

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