70 oil tankers untraced in Assam

Imphal, June 23 : Seventy state oil tankers which left Imphal to procure fuel from Assam were missing.

State home department is under process to intimate Assam Government to help in tracing out the missing tankers, said Consumers Affairs and Food and Public Distribution Minister Yumkham Erabot today.

Addressing a press conference held in his office chamber at New Secretariat building today, the minister also informed that the sate is having rice stock for one month and petrol for three days.

The minister informed that a total of 70 oil tankers transporting petroleum products from Assam went missing in Assam.

The sate home department has been asked to take up necessary action to take helps from the government of Assam in finding out the missing oil tankers.

Around 100 oil tankers are utilizing for procuring petroleum products like petrol, high speed diesel oil and ATF as per registration in the Imphal IOC office.

The missing 70 oil tankers were out of them.

Due to missing of the tankers, the state is facing problems in procuring vehicular fuels, the minister said.

Asserting that there is shortage of petrol and diesel in the state, the minister revealed the present stock position of petrol at 443 kilolitres and said that for normal distribution to the public, 75 kilolitres of petrol is required and the stock will last for three days, he added.

The present stock of diesel is 1203 kilolitres and the total requirement for normal daily distribution is 220 kilolitre per day.

So, the present stock of diesel will last for 5 days.

Further speaking to reporters, the minister also said that at present a total of 1.7 lakh quantal of rice is in the stock of the department's godown against the monthly requirement of 88,000 quantal.

The minister assumed that the present stock would last for little more than a month.

Apart from this government is planning to buy 5000 metric tons of rice from Thailand to replenish the shortage stock due to prolonged imposition of economic blockade on the national highways.

The rice to be bought from Thailand will cost Rs 14 or 15 per kg only after adding transportation charge.