Gas Dealers’ Federation, Nepal (GDFN) President Gyaneshwar Aryal has accused bottlers of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) of having a hand in exacerbating the shortage in LPG supply.
Talking at an interaction in Kathmandu on Sunday, Aryal said that although the main reason for the recent shortage was the repair work being done at Indian Oil Corporation’s Barauni Refinery, LPG bottlers were also to blame.
The bottlers have been stockpiling LPG exceeding their capacities to create an even bigger shortage, Aryal said, asking for authentication and inspection of LPG industries.
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Speaking at the same event, Birendra Goit, director of Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC), the sole importer of petroleum products for Nepal, said that NOC was not at fault this time as India had informed beforehand that the refinery would be closed for repairs.
Goit said he believed the shortage would be resolved within a week. Gas shortage has been spiking in Nepal in the last two weeks after the temporary closure of Barauni Refinery.