CCpur, February 14: Churachandpur is faced with shortage of petrol and power blackout, and the people there are facing great difficulties in carrying out their daily routine.
An Imphal based correspondent for the electronic media Muanthang lamented that although petrol was to be distributed this morning, he is returning home empty-handed after standing in the queues for more than half an hour. He saw barrels of petrol being transported in rickshaws and trucks and the stock was exhausted before his turn out.
‘No petrol` or `diesel` is a common sign in Churachanpur district disregarding the fact that the number of vehicles are multiplying. Many people are saying that though petrol is not a controlled commodity, the DSO and district administration of Churachandpur should realise that the town is flooded with petrol in the black market.
Aggravating their conditions, the majority of people of Lamka are without proper power supply for the last two days. A call to the EE of the electricity department did not yield any result but on the contrary appeared to have aggravated the power crisis“ said a resident of Mission Veng of Lamka.
Recall may be made that LPG( cooking gas) and petrol are always in short supply in the district and people have to spend Rs 1,000 for an LPG cylinder and Rs 100 for a litre of petrol and Rs 60 for a litre of diesel.
KANGPOKPI adds: Scarcity of petrol and diesel has drastically hit Kangpokpi and its adjoining area for the past two days and the price of the same has also been hiked rendering untold miseries to the general public.
The oil outlet of Kangpokpi remained closed due to non availability of fuel. While petrol found in the black market were being sold at a stunning price of Rs 120 per litre and diesel was sold at Rs 100 per litre it suddenly become hard to find fuel even in the black market by this evening.
While there are various civil society organizations as well as student bodies in the area unfortunately there is no a single organization to look after and control the unnecessary price hike of commodities in the area.
Interestingly, at Senapati District HQ petrol is found selling at a lesser price of Rs 80/ltr in the black market while it has been sold at Rs 71/ltr at the oil outlet.