SAGAING DIVISION – Due to the battles, the roads are blocked and the petroleum price is rocketing in Tamu, Sagaing Division, at the border of India and Myanmar and some petrol stations are facing a shortage of petroleum, as said by the local people.
On the afternoon of July 31, one litre of octane 92 petrol costs around 6,000 MMK and 95 petrol and diesel are in shortage in Tamu.
An owner of a petrol station anonymously said, “Due to the road closure, the petrol is in shortage. Win Bone Marn Petrol Station was closed. If the situation continues, all the petrol stations in Tamu could be closed soon.”
There have been battles between the junta forces and the Local People’s Defence Forces near Panthar Village, near Tamu since the middle of June, which resulted in the blockage of the Kalay-Tamu route, as said by the local people.
A local resident of Tamu said, “Since Panthar battle broke out, the road has been blocked, which lasted about half and a month. Previously, it was not problematic as the petrol could be bought from India. Now the condition in Manipur is not good as well. As the petrol price is high, it is also difficult to go around. People do not go out unless it is an emergency. Even if you have money, it is not easy to buy petrol.”
In Kalay, the neighbouring town of Tamu, a litre of Octane 92 petrol costs 3,000 MMK.
Currently, as the situation is still intense in Panthar Village, near Tamu and Khampat on the road of Kalay-Tamu, local People’s Defence Forces prohibited the use of the road.