Lone highway link to Tripura blocked by rain and landslides

AGARTALA: the incessant rainfall over the Northeastern part of the region has taken a toll in the livelihoods of the people. Heavy rains and mudslides have made NH-53 inaccessible at the Assam-Tripura Inter state border. This has created a dearth in the supply of essential consumer items including food grains as well as petroleum products.

Officials in Agartala said that with very few trucks managing to cross the dilapidated highway between Lowerpoah and Churaibari on the inter-state border, Tripura has not only been facing an acute shortage of essential commodities including fuel, prices of most items have also shot up. Petrol is being sold at anywhere between Rs 130 and Rs 150 in the black market.

While not a single truck including oil and LPG tankers could enter Tripura for five days at a stretch since last weekend due to worsening of the road condition, truck drivers stranded for days on the highway on Thursday demonstrated against the authorities demanding immediate repair of the road.

The situation has been further complicated due to suspension of train services between Lumding and Badarpur in Assam for over two months due to massive landslides in the Dima Hasao district.

As per the Deputy Commissioner of Karimganj, Manoj Kumar Deka, efforts sre on to bring situation under control by clearing about 200 stranded trucks since Thursday. However, it was reported that 600 Tripura-bound goods-laden trucks were still stranded on the Assam side due to the bad road.

(Sources)
(Representational image: internet)

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