Tripura, 30 July: Extreme shortage of petrol and diesel due to poor road conditions in Tripura resulted in increment of petrol prices to Rs 300 per litre and diesel at Rs 150 per litre.
People in the state stepped out on the streets and protesting against the shortage of basic commodities and rise in fuel prices.
The damage on the Assam-Tripura national highway has led to Price hike. The condition of the roads effected worse after the rains which had paralyzed the traffic. The repair work going on the highway has been halted because of the rains. The already degenerating national highway which has been hit because of incessant rainfall is now filled with debris.
The roads blockage left many people including carriers of essential commodities arriving from various places stranded on the highway. In state capital, Agartala tyres were burnt in front of petrol pumps on Friday, while Trinamool Congress workers helped the public in blocking routes on the way to the state secretariat. The police apprehended 50 people and ended the protest.The lack of fuel to even run buses have forced many schools to close. Taking cue from the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government, Tripura had brought in the ‘Odd-Even’ system on Thursday and has also been forced to ration the fuel.
Meanwhile the parties are blaming each other, Civil supplies minister Bhanu Lal Saha accused the Central government for not assuring enough arrangements for more fuel tankers, but he assured the situation will get better.
Opposition party, Trinamool Congress has blamed the Centre too and also the Left government in the state. The party has recommended the use of military engineering division to manage the situation. The momentum of monsoon has continues in various parts of the country. According to IMD, rainfall on Friday was 45 percent above average.
The National Highway 8 which was earlier called NH 44, connects Tripura and other parts of India is in very devastating condition which made hundreds of oil tankers and trucks carry carrying basic commodities stranded. They are Lowerpoha area at Tripura border.