Loaded tankers to be brought in ahead of blockade


IMPHAL, May 31: In the wake of the proposed indefinite economic blockade along National Highway-2 (Imphal-Dimapur road) imposed by the Committee for Koziirii and Dziiko (Dzuko) Land Boundary Resolution starting from June 1 midnight against the land encroachment at Dzuko Valley by Nagaland, the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has made a special arrangement to bring back loaded oil tankers here in the State before the commencement of the blockade.

The special arrangement is being made considering the daily needs of fuel by the people of the State.

Sources said efforts will be made to bring back loaded oil tankers from the petrol and diesel supply points at Guwahati, Tinsukia and Numaligarh to Imphal safely before 1 pm of tomorrow.

Earlier, empty oil tankers used to leave Imphal at around 10-11 pm with CRPF escort and reach Mao next early morning. CRPF personnel from Nagaland would escort the tankers till they cross the State. After loading fuel from the supply points, CRPF personnel from Imphal would escort the loaded oil tankers up to the State capital.

Under the special arrangement, empty oil tankers will cross the Mao Gate before 1 pm of tomorrow. The number of loaded oil tankers that will be reaching Imphal tomorrow could not be ascertained.

However, it is said that above 50 loaded oil tankers including both petrol and diesel will be reaching here, the sources added.

On the other hand, neither the IOC nor the state government has made any arrangement to make oil tankers travel through National Highway-37 (Imphal-Jiribam road) to load fuel till the time of filing this report.


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