Tuesday, 29 November, 2022

Petroleum fuel supply resumes


By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Apr. 4: With an agreement reached between the Nepal Oil Corporation and the agitating entrepreneurs affiliated to petroleum products on Saturday, the supply of petroleum products has resumed since Sunday morning.
“Petroleum entrepreneurs across the country have started transporting and distributing petroleum products from this morning, making the supply of fuel easy,” said Binitmani Upadhyay, spokesperson of the Nepal Oil Corporation.

NOC and the agitating petroleum entrepreneurs inked agreement during a discussion held at the Corporation's central office in Teku on Saturday.
According to the agreement, the petroleum dealers' commission and the demand for adjustment of LP gas transportation fare will be addressed within seven days and other petroleum business related demands will be solved by May 29, 2022.

Petroleum entrepreneurs had stopped transporting petroleum products since Friday citing the NOC did not address their demands.
The Coordinating Committee had submitted demands to the Corporation a month ago regarding the petroleum dealers’ commission and adjustment of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) transportation fare.

He said that the petroleum entrepreneurs have purchased oil from depots in all major cities, including Kathmandu Valley, Gandaki, Lumbini, Biratnagar and Amalekhgunj.
He said that dealers across the country, including in the Kathmandu Valley, have started picking up fuel from 8 am onwards on Sunday.

However, tanker drivers had started staging protest refusing to drive tankers demanding removal of the provision of compensation to the losses caused by the temperature, he said.
"However, the NOC has solved the issue by holding discussion promptly and requested them to come up with a written demand," he said.

Upadhyay said that there is no problem of fuel supply across the country from Sunday, however long queues were seen in front of petrol pumps by today afternoon.
He said that the NOC supplied around 1,600 kilo litres petrol and 1,100 kilo litres diesel for Kathmandu Valley on Sunday.

"Gas entrepreneurs have also started receiving purchase delivery orders of LPG from Sunday. The present shortage of cooking gas will resume soon," he said.
The gas entrepreneurs had stopped taking PDO from NOC for the last two weeks demanding transportation fare adjustment.
Upadhyay urged the consumers not to hoard petroleum products and LPG as NOC is in a position to supply as per the demand.

Minister for Home Affairs Bal Krishna Khand on Saturday had directed the concerned stakeholders to solve the problem of petroleum products immediately.