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IOC’s LPG tankers to ply to Tripura via Bangladesh

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Agartala: Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will carry LPG bulk tankers through Bangladesh for its proposed new bottling plant in Tripura, a minister said today.

“For easier transportation of LPG bulk tankers from outside the state for the proposed LPG bottling plant, the IOC would ferry bulk tankers using Bangladeshi ports and roads,” Tripura Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bhanulal Saha told reporters here.

Agartala via Guwahati is 1,650 km by road from Kolkata and 2,637 km from New Delhi while the distance between Agartala and Kolkata via Bangladesh is just about 620 km.

The state-owned Food Corporation of India (FCI) has earlier ferried 35,000 tonnes of rice from Andhra Pradesh and Kolkata to Tripura via Bangladesh.

Several ships carried rice to Ashuganj river port in Bangladesh. From Ashuganj port, Bangladeshi trucks ferried the rice to FCI warehouses in Nandannagar in Agartala.

Transportation via Bangladesh is much easier as road connectivity is a major issue for the mountainous northeastern states which share boundaries with Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan and China.

There is only a narrow land corridor to the northeastern region through Assam and West Bengal but this route passes through hilly terrain with steep gradients and multiple hairpin bends, making plying of vehicles, especially loaded trucks, very difficult.

Earlier in 2012, Bangladesh had allowed state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation to ferry heavy machinery, turbines and over-dimensional cargoes through Ashuganj port for the 726-MW Palatana mega power project in southern Tripura.

The minister said: “The IOC would set up an LPG bottling plants in Bodhjungnagar industrial estate (25 km from Agartala) in western Tripura to meet the growing crisis of cooking gas in Tripura.”

He said the proposed bottling plant would produce 18,000 LPG cylinders per day. (IANS)

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New Delhi: With global crude oil in free fall, Indian Oil Corp (IOC) on Monday cut the prices of petrol by Rs.2 a litre and of diesel by 50 paise, both prices inclusive of levies in Delhi, with corresponding decrease in other states, effective from midnight. Petrol and diesel, prices of which were last reduced on August 15, will from Tuesday cost Rs.61.20 a litre and Rs.44.45 respectively, in Delhi, IOC said.

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Price of petrol per litre, in the other metros, will be Rs.66.50 in Kolkata, Rs.66.23 in Mumbai and Rs.61.46 in Chennai, while diesel will cost Rs.48.23 in Kolkata, Rs.49.51 in Mumbai and Rs.45.56 in Chennai. “Since last price change, there has been a decrease in international prices of both petrol and diesel, the impact of which is being passed on to the consumers with this price decrease,” IOC said in a statement here.

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