Fuel crisis in Manipur due to torrential rains, landslides

Imphal (Manipur), Aug.10 (ANI): A fuel crisis has hit the state of Manipur following heavy rains and landslides blocking the movement of fuel supplying vehicles on National Highway 2.

Manipur has been virtually cut off for a month.

Since July, the supply of essential commodities has been affected due to a shutdown call followed by a subsequent massive landslide near Kohima city. The rubble of the landslide was just cleared three days ago.

Long queues were seen in front of petrol outlets as people had to wait from morning till noon to get the fuel. The fuel was being administered with limited supply to each vehicle.

Rajiv, a consumer waiting at the fuel station, said the scarcity of fuel had taken toll on their business and urged the state government to address their woes.

"There is big problem of fuel and there is no diesel too because of which we are not able to use our vehicles.

Meanwhile, a regional organization, the Kuki State Demand Committee (KSDC), has announced a 48-hour shutdown in all Kuki inhabited areas in Manipur with effect from midnight of August 13.

The Naga body is pushing for a separate administration (Alternative Arrangement) from the Manipur government while the Kuki body is demanding a separate Kuki statehood by carving out 'Kuki areas' in Manipur.

Given this picture, Manipur, especially the hill districts where the Nagas and the Kukis are in large numbers, would witness shutdown for four days. This would also mean that the vehicular movement on the national highways and roads linking the state capital Imphal with the rest of the country will also be disrupted. (ANI)

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