India signed a short-term agreement with Bangladesh on Thursday to allow transport of petroleum products to Tripura through its territory after heavy rain virtually cut off Tripura’s road link to Assam from where the supply originates.
The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) and the Roads and Highways Department of Bangladesh in Dhaka.
The MoU enables IOCL to send its trucks carrying petrol, diesel, kerosene and LPG from Meghalaya to Tripura via Bangladesh.
Trucks carrying the petroleum goods will ply in the Dawki (Meghalaya) – Tamabil (Bangladesh) – Chatlapur (Bangladesh) – Kailasshar (Tripura) route.
The validity of this facility is till September 30. Both sides have also agreed to extend the transit facility for a further short period on need basis.
The northeast frontier railways has also started a roll on-roll off (RoRo) service from this month to carry fuel tankers loaded on flatbed rakes to help Tripura mitigate the fuel crisis.
Tripura has been reeling under an acute fuel crisis after a large section of national highway 44 was virtually washed away in the current monsoon.
The fuel crisis had forced the state government to adopt measures like odd-even days and showing vehicles insurance papers to allow motorists to fill their vehicles’ tanks.