Imphal: A landslide and a damaged bridge have fuelled an increase in the prices of essential items in Manipur.
The Imphal-Dimapur and Imphal-Silchar highways, which are main supply routes to the land-locked state, have been blocked by a landslide and a damaged bridge, respectively.
Due to this, a litre of petrol is selling at Rs 160-190 in Imphal's grey market. The prices of onion, potato, pulses and other vegetable items have also doubled.
The Imphal-Dimapur highway was blocked after a heavy landslide in Nagaland's Phesama area in mid-August, which halted the flow of essential commodities. Repair work is on.
Transportation of commodities to Manipur via the Imphal-Silchar highway has stopped due to the deteriorating condition of a bridge along the highway. Border Roads Organisation (BRO) engineers are currently repairing the bridge.