Public Sector Undertakingmajor IOC, (Indian Oil Corporation) to transport fuel from Bangladesh to Tripura.
Indian Oil Corporation to transport fuel to Tripura:
As stated by an official, the IOC will soon conduct a trial run for transporting fuel to Tripura via Bangladesh. It is to be noted that during the time of the trial run the IOC will transport three LPG tankers and seven tankers of petrol and diesel through Bangladesh from Guwahati.
As per the official, each of the LPG tankers can transport 17 mt of gas, while each oil tanker has the capacity of carrying 12,000 liters.
According to a report by the PTI, a senior official said, “IOC has already signed an agreement with the Bangladeshi authorities in Dhaka on August 3. We have sought visas for the drivers and their assistants to drive the tankers through the neighbouring country.”
The fuel-carrying tankers from Guwahati in Assam will go to Dwaki in Meghalaya, where they will enter Bangladesh. Hereafter, the tankers will return to India at Kailashahar in Tripura’s Unakoti district to reach IOC’s Dharmanagar depot in North Tripura.
As per the early reports of PTI, IOC was planning to transport fuel to Tripura via Bangladesh after floods and landslides destroyed the communication links in the Northeastern region.
IOC started moving all its supplies by road via Meghalaya, bearing more than double the cost after the sole rail link that connected Assam’s Dima Hasao district and Barak Valley, Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura with the rest of the country was washed away in the flood.
The distance for transporting different types of fuel from IOC’s Betkuchi depot in Guwahati to Dharmanagar depot in Tripura via Bangladesh will be 376 km, including 137 km inside the neighbouring country, against 579 km through the Meghalaya-Barak Valley route.