Stranded LPG bullets to be re-routed

KATHMANDU: Nepal Oil Corporation has directed gas bottling plants to re-route the liquefied petroleum gas bullets stranded at Raxaul since long.

Altogether, 231 gas bullets are stranded at Raxaul and 143 among them have already obtained re-routing approval from Indian customs at Raxaul, according to NOC spokesperson Mukunda Ghimire. “Remaining bullets will also get re-routing approval soon.”

A gas bullet ferries 18 tonnes of cooking gas, which is equivalent to 1,260 cylinders of 14.2 kg. The severe crisis of cooking fuel being faced by the people can be addressed to some extent once the gas bullets start arriving in the country.

It is also reported that the transportation cost for each bullet of cooking gas will surge by Rs 50,000 while re-routing them.

Due to this hike in transportation cost, LPG bottlers have been seeking compensation from NOC.

However, NOC spokesperson Ghimire said NOC had not yet taken any decision on the issue.

Once the gas bullets are dispatched from Raxaul, it will take two days to enter the country via Bhairahawa, according to Rajendra Dangal, manager of Nepal Gas Industries.