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Fuel transporters’ strike likely to cause crisis across Nepal

File: Amalekhgunj depot of Nepal Oil Corporation after the cross-country pipeline came into operation -- fuel
File: Amalekhgunj depot of Nepal Oil Corporation after the cross-country pipeline came into operation

Kathmandu, April 1

Fuel transporters across the country have launched a strike across Nepal on Friday putting forward various demands in front of the government-run fuel distribution monopoly, Nepal Oil Corporation, sparking fears of a fuel crisis.

Bishwa Aryal, the general secretary of the Nepal Petroleum Dealers National Association, says all members affiliated with the organisation have stopped loading and unloading fuel from Indian depots that the corporation buys from and the domestic depots of the corporation.

Pradeep Kumar Yadav, the chief of one of the biggest depots of the corporation–located in Amalekhgunj in Parsa–says it has been informed of the strike, but the impact can be assessed after a few hours only.

The corporation’s other depot in Thankot, responsible for supplying fuel in the Kathmandu valley, says, by Thursday evening, fuel transporters have purchased the fuel that would suffice the valley’s demand until Saturday.

Nonetheless, it has been feared that the further continuation of the strike will result in a nationwide fuel crisis.

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