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Tripura govt to create buffer food stock due to rail line disruption/

Agartala: In view of closure of the rail line from Lumding in Assam to Dispur from October and monsoon, the state government has taken initiative to create a buffer stock of food grains, official sources said today. Representational image.

Sources said that the rail line from Lumding to Agartala would remain closed from October to January next year due to conversion of railway track from narrow gauge to broad gauge. "After distribution of food grains for the current month to all the ration shops, the state has a reserve of foods for one month. So the government has taken an initiative to create a buffer stock for three months," Food and Civil Supply Minister Bhanu Lal Saha told reporters.

The state government has also requested the central government to take up the issue with neighbouring Bangladesh for allowing its waterways to be used for bringing food grains during the closure of the rail line.

Bangladesh has agreed to allow for transportation of 10,000 MT of grains by using their waterways up to Ashuganj river port on Meghna, about 37 km from here, from where the grains would be transported upto Agartala by trucks.

He said the state government has demanded a dispatch of 35000 MT of rice from the centre in view of the closure of the railway line from October.

Sources in the Food Corporation of India said everyday about 30 wagons of food grains were entering into the state by rails and trucks for creating the buffer stock.