Petrol pumps in Manipur have gone dry with the punishing blockade of two National Highways by the United Naga Council (UNC) continuing since August 21.
Manipur Government spokesman N. Biren Singh said on Monday that all petrol pumps in the State have gone dry except one.
That petrol pump will supply fuel only to school buses and school vans, official sources said.
The Imphal-Dimapur-Guwahati highway (NH-39) and the Imphal-Jiribam-Silchar NH-53 have been blocked since August 21 by the UNC, which is opposed to the Sadar Hills District Demand Committee's request for creation of a full-fledged revenue district of Sadar Hills to be carved out from Naga-majority Senapati district.
Manipur Chief Minister O. Ibobi Singh had said at a public function on Sunday that he will do something about the blockade, but had not elaborated.
During his recent visit to the State, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram had appealed to the people to settle all disputes through dialogue.
Reports said that petrol was earlier sold in the black market for Rs.200 per litre and LPG at Rs.1,650 per cylinder, but these commodities are not available there now. The prices of all essential commodities have gone up due to the blockade.
However, some relief is on the way as an alternative route has been worked out for the supplies to come in, government sources said.