Imphal-Moreh road bandh suspended

MOREH, 9th Oct: The proposed indefinite bandh along Imphal-Moreh Road has been suspended following an understanding reached between the agitating groups and district administration.
All Tribal Sandstone Labour Association, Moreh and Golden Tipper Owner's Welfare Association enforced economic blockade along the highway on October 6 in protest against ‘excessive’ restrictions imposed on transportation of sand and stones. However, the economic blockade was suspended after a brief imposition following assurance from the district administration to sort out the issues within three days. In the absence of any visible positive initiative from the side of district administration, the agitating bodies had announced to go ahead with the indefinite bandh along the highway. However, an understanding was arrived at during a meeting with the district administration represented by SP and DFO Tengnoupal along with several officials concerned held at the IB office of Moreh police on Wednesday.
Announcing the decision to media persons, Hill Tribal Council Moreh spokesperson PS Gangte said that the forest department assured to allow free passage to the 35 tippers, which remained stranded for over nine days at different areas in between the 12 Assam Rifles check post and K Zalenmoul village, after paying requisite taxes on Thursday.
Regarding the hassle free passage of the sand carriers in future, SP Th Vikramjit assured to bring up the matter to the notice of the chief minister and his higher official for making necessary arrangements under which the transporters can pay the taxes to a designated department, Gangte said while adding that the agitating bodies resolved to keep in abeyance decision to enforce economic blockade in the light of the SP’s assurance.

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