17 fuel tankers enter Nepal via eastern points

Jhapa, October 6

Ten petroleum vehicles entered Nepal through the Kakadbhitta entry point on yesterday night.

According to Mechi Customs Office Information Officer Dipendra Jha, four of them were bullets of liquefied petroleum gas, three were carrying diesel, two fuel tankers were carrying petrol and one tanker was carrying fuel for aircraft.

According to sources at the office, 39 cargo-laden vehicles crossed the border point towards Nepal till 4:00 pm today.

According to Mechi Petroleum Dealers’ Association Jhapa Chairperson Laya Prasad Bhandari, 36 other fuel tankers are queued up for filling petroleum products. Of them, five fue tankers might cross the border by Tuesday night, Bhandari revealed.

Similarly, while a petrol tanker and a bullet of liquefied petroleum gas made it to Nepal through the Biratnagar-Jogbani entry point today, three tankers of diesel and two bullets of LPG entered the country through Rupaidiha-Nepalgunj entry point yesterday night.

In Birgunj and Bhairahawa, not a single petroleum vehicle entered the country. While in Birgunj, United Democratic Madhesi Front cadres blockaded the Miteri Bridge at the Birgunj-Raxaul entry point; in Bharahawa not a single petro-vehicle made it to Nepali territory after a clash between police and UDMF cadres yesterday afternoon.

According to local journalist Dipak Ghimire, drivers of more than 300 vehicles that are in India to receive cargo, returned to Nepal today citing security threat. Their vehicles are in Indian territory.