IMPHAL, January 16: Petroleum Tanker drivers today have expressed their disappointments over the attitude of the state Government for allegedly indecisiveness of the Government to allot parking space for their vehicles.
Speaking to IFP, an executive member of the All Manipur Petroleum Tankers and Drivers`™ Union (AMPTDU) said that as proposed by the state Government the petroleum tankers which have been parking at the ISBT started shifting to Sangaiprou Godown. However, to the surprise of the tanker drivers they were reportedly asked to park at the Oil fed depot which is under construction at Malom.
Left with no choice the transporter went to the Malom but the place could accommodate only 24 tankers when there are 54 tankers parked at ISBT.
Following the new development, no other tankers were allowed to enter the ISBT.
In the meantime, another 127 loaded trucks that arrived today in Imphal but were left to find parking spaces for their vehicles on their own.
The All Manipur Petroleum Tankers Drivers`™ Union, AMPTDU said that petroleum tankers being control items it is full of risk to park the vehicles without escort and in the open.
It further warned that in the event of any unwanted incident arising out of the prevailing situation the Government must shoulder all the responsibilities.
In the meantime, concerned over the situation, the IOC officials submitted memorandum to the Chief Minister in this regards apprising the situation. At the same time, the senior depot manager along with representatives of transporter reportedly attempted to meet the CAF/PD minister twice but failed.
It may be recalled that the Government at first proposed to shit the parking space at Koirengei FCS godown as an alternative of ISBT.
However, with the said alternative lacking basic facilities the Government changed its plan and proposed Sangaiprou.