The supply of essentials and fuel continues to be hit badly in Tripura for about two months now even as the State Government has repeatedly sought the Central Government’s intervention to restore its lifeline – National Highway-8 – which has been badly damaged in adjacent Assam. Due to heavy rains and poor maintenance, the NH-8, has turned into a muddy field with knee-deep mud at Lowerpoah in southern Assam’s Karimganj district adjoining northern Tripura, thus almost cutting off Tripura by surface communication.
Following the shortage caused by the disruption of both rail and road traffic, prices of fuel and essential commodities have increased to a large extent in Tripura and presently it has reached Rs 300/litre.
Opposition political parties and affected people have been organising road blockade and protests regularly to demand normal supply of fuel. Some protestors have also been burning vehicle tyres. People were also facing severe scarcity of cooking gas due to a major shortfall in the supply.