IMPHAL, Sept 9 - Unavailability of essential commodities including fuel has hit life in Manipur following the halt in movement of traffic on the two lifelines of the State after the severe landslide in Nagaland’s Phesama village on August 19. The situation worsened subsequent to the breakdown of Barak bridge on the Imphal-Jiribam road.
Indian Oil Corporation sources here said that the existing stock of petrol of 310 kilolitres has been reserved for emergency services and rationing has been started. The existing diesel stock of 1,659 KL will last for about seven days. The State’s daily requirement is 241 KL of diesel and 127 KL of petrol. Currently, petrol is being sold at Rs 190-Rs 200 a litre in the black, sources said.
Meanwhile, around 125 trucks including 106 oil tankers have reportedly left via Jiribam to bring in supplies for the State, sources said. There are also plans to send some trucks on the Imphal-Dimapur route soon. Light vehicles have started to ply on the route from today.
Around 60 fuel-loaded trucks, which were stranded somewhere in Assam, are on their way to Imphal via Jiribam, sources added. There are reports of around 186 oil tankers stranded at Khatkhati on Assam-Nagaland border due to the landslide.
As a result, the prices of essential commodities have hit the roof. Potatoes, which used to cost Rs 18 per kg, are now being sold at Rs 30 to Rs 35 per kg. The prices of onions and garlic have risen to Rs 80-90 per kg and Rs 165-Rs 170 per kg respectively.
A cement bag is being sold at Rs 680-Rs 700 while other construction materials especially iron rods are running out of stock, sources here said. Stocks of all kinds of daily use items are also running out.