Fuel crisis hits Pokhara hard

Pokhara, June 29:

Despite hike in fuel prices, supply of the petroleum products has not eased in Pokhara.

Nepal Oil Corporation’s regional office has not been able to store fuel in its depot following the strike launched by petroleum entrepreneurs.

NOC depot manager Surajjung Shah said fuel that could last for five days is in stock in the Gagangaunda-based depot. “We have a stock of about 100,000 litres of petrol and 500,000 litres of diesel,” Shah said. The state-owned Sajha Pump is the only station distributing fuel. The pump had distributed 12,000 litres of diesel and 12,000 litres of petrol in the past two days.

Hotels, hospitals, factories, transport service, educational institutions and the public are the worst hit. Vehicles bound for short and long routes have been staying off the roads.