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China to Supply LPG to Nepal
Nov 18, 2015

In view of massive fuel crisis, China has offered to supply liquified petroleum gas (LPG) to Nepal after gifting fuel to ease the crisis in the country, hit by acute fuel shortage due to a blockade at key border trade points with India.

  • China has expressed its willingness to supply cooking gas bullets directly to Kathmandu by establishing a joint customs point at Panchkhal of Kavrepalanchowk district, situated 75 kilometres east of the capital city.

  • A bullet of cooking gas is equal to 1,250 cylinders and monthly consumption of cooking gas stands at 1.5 million cylinders in the country.

  • Nepalese authorities are preparing for signing a trade agreement with China to bring in more fuel.

  • 90% of the 1.3 million litres of fuel gifted by China to fuel-starved Nepal has already arrived Kathmandu through Kerung-Rasuwagadhi trading point.

  • This point was recently opened with the joint efforts of Nepal and China even as the entry point was severely damaged during the April 25 earthquake.

  • Petrol and diesel could be brought from Kerung-Rasuwagadhi border point while gas bullets could be brought via Tatopani border point, 110 km east of Kathmandu.

  • Due to severe fuel crisis people queued in Kathmandu to buy firewood after the government arranged selling firewood to the city dwellers in subsidised rate of Rs 15 per kg. One person will be provided with 100 kg of fire wood for cooking purposes.

  • Nepal’s Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli asked India to end an ‘undeclared blockade’ that has left the country desperately short of fuel and other supplies. He said, it would invited humanitarian crisis in the country and the crisis was more severe than war-time situation.

It is to be noted here, the Joint Madhesi Front has launched agitation in the southern Nepal districts for around three months against the new Constitution that divides the country into seven provinces, saying that they do not want to mix the hilly regions with the southern plains.


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