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Apprehension of availability of essentials, transport fuel and vegetables grips the people of certain parts of the northeastern region as the solitary railway line through Assam’s Dima-Hasao district connecting Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and southern Assam remained snapped for the last five days following heavy landslides triggered by incessant rains.

Authorities in Tripura, Mizoram, and southern Assam, on the other hand, have stated that there are sufficient stockpiles of basics and transportation fuel, and that if anyone or any merchant tries to engage in illegal hoarding or raise prices, the government will take action.

Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) officials said that uninterrupted rains coupled with the difficult terrain severely affected the restoration and repair work, which might take several weeks.

The Lumding-Badarpur section in Assam is the only rail route to connect Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur and the southern part of Assam with the rest of the country. This rail link has been cut off since May 14.

Tripura Food and Civil Supplies Department Director Tapan Kumar Das said that though there are enough stocks of transport fuel, providing petrol in limited quantities has been started from Tuesday.

“Essentials, transport fuel and other basic items would be transported by road via Assam and Meghalaya. We are in touch with the Assam and Meghalaya governments,” Das told IANS.

In Silchar, BJP’s Lok Sabha Member Rajdeep Roy, MLA Dipayan Chakraborty and Cachar District Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli in a joint media briefing urged the people not to panic as the administration is striving its best to ensure the supply of essentials and fuels.

They informed that all concerned departments are working round-the-clock so that the flood situation can be tackled well.

Meanwhile, in view of the disruptions of the railway lines, the fares of different flights operated between Mizoram, Tripura and southern Assam increased to at least three times the normal rate of fare, severely affecting the people bound for Kolkata, Delhi and other cities in India by air.


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