Agartala: The prices of petrol in the flood hit states of Assam and Tripura have led its price rise to Rs.300 per litre. The torrential rains have paralyzed the transport on Assam-Tripura highway there by leading to acute shortage of the petrol and diesel.
People have come out on the streets and protesting against the shortage of basic commodities and hike in fuel prices. The bad condition of the roads, made worse by the rains, had also left the traffic disrupted. The repair work going on the highway has been stopped because of the rains. The already degenerating national highway which has been hit because of incessant rainfall is now filled with debris. Carriers of essential commodities arriving from various places have been left stranded on the highway.
In state capital, Agartala tyres were burnt in front of petrol pumps on Friday, while Trinamool Congress workers helped the public in blocking routes on the way to the state secretariat. The police arrested 50 people and ended the protest. The lack of fuel to even run buses have forced many schools to close. Taking cue from the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government, Tripura had brought in the ‘Odd-Even’ system on Thursday and has also been forced to ration the fuel.