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10 days after Tripura started fuel rationing, 49 wagons of petrol and diesel on their way to state | North East India News

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Ten days after Tripura started fuel rationing after supply was stalled because of the disruption of railway lines in Assam, 49 wagons of petrol and diesel are on the way to the state, the Northeast Frontier Railway said on Saturday.

“Freight trains consisting of 49 wagons crossed the Jatinga Lumpur-New Harangajao section of Assam’s Dima Hasao district at 10.41 am today,” the railway’s chief public relations officer, Sabyasachi De, told reporters.

The official also said the goods trains were moving towards Dharmanagar in North Tripura, which has a fuel depot.

Although the rationing started on May 1, the crisis erupted on April 25, when landslides in Assam’s mountainous Dima Hasao district disrupted railway connectivity. Passenger and goods trains have been affected.

The route is the link between south Assam, Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram. Train movements between the Jatinga-Lumpur and New Harangajao stations were restricted. And the food, civil supplies and consumer affairs department announced restrictions on petrol and diesel sales across Tripura.

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Eight watch towers were set up to closely monitor the situation.

Railway officials said they had already cleared the debris of landslides and partially rectified the railway tracks passing through the hilly areas. Train services along the hilly route are halted at night.

Chief Minister Manik Saha had urged Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to resume railway services through Dima Hasao district to end the fuel crisis in the state.

A series of protests and attempts of vandalism as well as police action like mild lathicharge were reported from different parts of the state.

The railway official also said that a second fuel train was on its way to Moinarband near Assam’s Silchar city, which is the access point for Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur. Considering the availability of additional fuel in Silchar, the crisis in the three neighbouring states is expected to ease.

The train will provide half of its 50 rakes to Moinarband while the rest will again come to the Dharmanagar depot in Tripura.

Tripura is surrounded by Bangladesh on three sides with an 856-km border, through which fuel is not transported. The state’s only lifeline is through Assam and the “chicken-neck” of Siliguri in West Bengal. Any disruption of connectivity along the route still poses a threat to the availability of essential commodities in the state, despite a host of connectivity projects being developed with Bangladesh.

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