Chitwan traders claim ready to import 5 mln gas cylinders within 15 days

CHITWAN: As the nation is reeling under the acute shortage of essential commodities including cooking gas, traders in Chitwan said they were ready to import at least 5 million cylinders within 15 days to ease the current crisis in the nation.

At a press meet organised in Bharatpur, the traders have urged the government to pave the way for the private sectors to import the essential commodities from China.

They have urged the government to make necessary security arrangement, road infrastructure and bilateral agreement with China to enable the private sector to import the cooking gas from China.

Chairperson of Nepal Rastriya Udyog Byapar Sangathan, Krishna Acharya, criticised the government for not making serious preparations for importing cooking gas from China.

The press meet was organised in Sauraha of the district on Saturday to unveil decisions of its central committee meeting.

The meeting has concluded that the government policy of importing essential commodities from a single country would deepen the current crisis in the nation, said Acharya.

The organisation has also remarked that Nepal is deprived of rights granted to the landlocked nations and suggested the government to internationalise the issue.