Gas dealers announce strike

Kathmandu, August 25:

Demanding adequate supply of Liquefied Petroleum (LP) Gas in the nation,

gas dealers have announced protests from tomorrow.

Organising a press conference here today, Gas Dealers’ Association of Nepal (GDAN) announced the agitation. As part of the protests, the association will

padlock all the godowns of gas companies in the capital tomorrow. On August 27, it will gherao Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) and on August 31 it will disrupt whatever supply is there at present by seizing the gas tankers.

The association would announce a nation-wide transport strike in September if the problem was not solved even by then.Gyaneshwor Aryal, general secretary of the association, said the shortage has pushed the profession of the gas dealers to risk as they were doing only 1/4th

of normal business for the last two months. He said consumers were hit the most due to shortage.

“The protest programme would not be called off till the government, NOC and authorities concerned developed a proper mechanism to ease the supply,” he said adding that the government had not taken any serious measure to solve the problem even as the crisis set off some two years ago. Citing approaching Dashain and Tihar festivals, he said majority of people would be deprived of celebrations if the supply were not normalised.