Petroleum tankers threaten of strike
Nepal Petroleum Transporters' Federation today threatened to stop fuel supply from September 6, if their demands are not addressed.
As Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) failed to address our demands, we are forced to stop fuel supply, the federation president Khagenra Bohara said here today.
The government also ignored our demands, he said, asking the government to withdraw case of fuel theft against 17 tanker owners. "We also want a fair investigation of the April 29 fuel theft case in Bhairahawa of Rupandehi," Bohara said, claiming that the cases were fake and the tanker owners were not involved in the case. The federation also demanded an independent committee for fair investigation into the incident. The police had arrested some 17 tanker owners on charges of petroleum theft in Bhairahawa on April 29.
The federation has forwarded a 10-point demand that includes protection of investment of contract tankers on contract basis, insurance of risk and implementation of transportation regulation. Meanwhile, Nepal LP Gas Industry Association has also declared agitation demanding to increase quota of cooking gas supply.
Organising a press meet here today, association president Shiva Prasad Ghimire said that there would be acute shortage of LP gas – popularly known as cooking gas – as the NOC failed to increase gas quota. However, the state oil monopoly claimed that the current quota of cooking gas is enough to meet the market demand. The association claimed that the market demand is 30,000 metric tonnes, but the NOC is supplying only 22, 377 metric tonnes of gas at present. There will be 35 per cent shortfall of gas according to the NOC data, Ghimire said, adding that repair works at Indian Oil Corporation's Barauni refinery has created shortfall in supply, "The association will submit memo to major political parties on September 4, stop buying LP Gas from September 7 and stop loading from Indian refineries from September 9."