Agartala: Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan is likely to visit the state soon to open the route for importing LPG containers to Tripura through Mongla Port in Bangladesh, said joint director of the food and civil supply department Manik Lal Baidya.
Speaking with EastMojo, Baidya said that minister Manok Kanti Deb informed this during a recent press conference and the work is under process. “A pilot run for the project has been already carried out by the state government and it was successful,” Baidya said.
At present, the state government is importing LPG from Guwahati and Silchar through Haldia port covering a distance of over 600 km.
During monsoon season, the route becomes risky and sometimes causes a delay in LPG containers in reaching the state. With the new Mongla Port the route would be covered around 120 km and once the route opened, there will be no problem in importing LPG containers from Mongla Port to Tripura. The transportation cost of LPG will also come down substantially due to a decrease in the distance, he said.
Food minister Manoj Kanti Deb said that the new LPG bottling plant is in under construction at Budhjung Nagar in West Tripura district, which will be ready for use by December this year.
“With the new plant now, three months of LPG requirements for Tripura can be stored. We are working hard to solve the LPG crisis. If everything falls in the right place, the new route would be opened by next month and it is expected that Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan may inaugurate the new route at Srimantapur in Sepahijala district of Tripura,” official sources said.