Special arrangement made for transporters
IMPHAL, 7th Apr: To regulate movement of goods ferrying trucks and their drivers and handymen, the state government has made additional arrangements for the loaded trucks, drivers and handymen.
In an office memorandum, Home department special secretary H Gyan Prakash stated that drivers and handymen of trucks at Mao Gate and Jiribam should not be allowed to loiter and mix with the people and they should be advised to report to ISBT mandatorily and their further movement to other district or for unloading will be decided thereafter. In this regard, Senapati and Jiribam DCs should arrange food free of cost for the truck drivers and handyman while the police officer on duty at the gates should inform that free food is being arranged at ISBT and hand over food coupons to the drivers and handymen for utilisation at ISBT. The respective police officers should immediately inform ISBT the number of trucks, drivers and handymen that are likely to come to ISBT.
The police department will ensure that all trucks report to the ISBT and the drivers and handymen did not mix with the local people. Barricades may be put in places to ensure that the vehicles proceed to ISBT and also ensure that no other person apart from the driver and handymen are in the vehicle. Action should be taken against any driver trying to bring in anyone.
Meanwhile, the Transport department shall also detail an officer at ISBT who will confirm the arrival of all the vehicles in consultation with the police officer on duty and the Health department should provide a team for screening at ISBT.
All movement of trucks thereafter to other districts for unloading should be only after informing the destination district and the driver should be informed to return back to ISBT immediately after unloading. Moreover, Imphal West SP will allow the trucks to move out for unloading with clear instruction on when they should come back.
As mentioned in another office memorandum issued earlier, Transport department will allow the drivers to utilise the amenities available at ISBT and Imphal West DC will provide cooked food at free of charge to the drivers and handymen during their stay, added the office memorandum.
On the other hand, 55 trucks reached Imphal on Tuesday from Jiribam carrying essential daily items. Of these, 52 are FCI trucks carrying rice; 3 cement trucks, 4 grocery trucks and 15 trucks carrying other items. Moreover, 53 trucks left via Imphal-Jiri road to procure essential items, along with 41-bullet tankers, 49 IOC trucks and 14 BBCL tankers. Another report stated that 44 loaded trucks including 10 FCI trucks also entered Imphal through NH 2 on Tuesday. At the same time, 17 goods trucks, 40 bullet tankers and 58 oil tankers have left Imphal for Dimapur on Tuesday.