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Fuel shortage in eastern Nepal as Indian customs block 73 tankers

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Bhadrapur, May 28

Total 73 tankers carrying petroleum products heading to Nepal have been stuck at the Panitanki customs point of West Bengal, India, for the past four days, creating fuel shortage in eastern Nepal.

The customs held the tankers citing the launch of an entry system online, says Lok Mani Poudel, information officer at the office of Nepal Oil Corporation in Charali of Jhapa.

Due to the obstruction, all petrol stations in districts of Mechi Zone including Jhapa, Ilam, Panchthar and Taplejung have been shut, he says.

Approximately 100,000 litres of petrol and 300,000 litres of diesel are consumed on a daily basis in the districts, according to Poudel.

Although India started going online in keeping record of tankers crossing the Nepal-India border from Friday, the customs held the Nepali tankers citing a problem in the system, he says, adding that the customs office has been requested to release the tankers soon.

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Published on May 28th, Tuesday, 2019 1:57 PM


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