Tripura government is contemplating to
transport essentials into the state through Chittagong port in Bangladesh in
view of the possible shortage of food stuff and fuel due to the snapping of
railway services in the ongoing flood and landslips in Assam, an official said
on Wednesday 18 May.
over the restoration of train service through Lumding-Badarpur section in Assam
There has been no confirmation over the
restoration of train service through Lumding-Badarpur section in Assam which
has been majorly affected by landslides triggered by incessant rain, principal
secretary to the Tripura transport department, L H Darlong said at a press
The Assam-Agartala national highway has
opened for vehicular movement from Wednesday after a brief halt, he said.
“Even though the Assam-Agartala national
highway is opened for vehicular movement, disruption in train service for a
long period will have an adverse impact on the normal supply of essential items
to Tripura. That is why we are planning to bring essentials by using an
alternative way – the Haldia- Chittagong-Akhaura-Agartala transhipment route to
transport essential items on an emergency basis,” he said.
The coastal route
of Haldia-Chittagong- Akhaura-Agartala, inaugurated in July 2020, is 600 km.
Darlong said as of now Tripura has a rice
stock for 43 days, wheat for 38 days, sugar for 28days, besides pulses and
But the stock for petrol will only last
for eight days and diesel for five, which is a matter ofconcern, he said.
The state has already requested the Food
Corporation of India and Indian Oil Corporation Limited to ensure normal
Additional secretary to the food and
civil supplies department, Tapan Kumar Das said “IOCL has already started
sending petrol and diesel to Tripura through tankers from Guwahatiand Silchar
to prevent the possible shortage of fuel”.
Petrol ration in
In view of the situation, the Tripura
government has restricted the selling of petrol. Two
wheelers can buy petrol of maximum Rs 200, three wheelers for Rs 300 and four
wheelers for Rs 1000. A litre of petrol costs Rs 108.26 in Agartala.
There are, however, no restrictions on
the sale of diesel but many of petrol pumps here have downed shutters in the
capital town as they have run out of reserves.