IOC easing supply of fuel to Nepal

Jhapa/Nepalgunj, Oct 13

With all of Nepal-India border checkpoints except Birgunj opening, a large amount of fuel and other daily essentials entered Nepal today.

A significant number of trucks with petroleum products and daily essentials entered Nepal from the Jogbani border in Biratnagar, Kakadbhitta border point in Jhapa, Belhiya check point in Rupandehi, Rupaidiya check point in Nepalgunj and Gaurifanta in Kailali without any obstruction today.

According to Nabin Thapa, record keeper at Nepalgunj customs office, four bullets of cooking gas and 90 trucks loaded with daily essentials entered the country’s Kakadbhitta border until 4:00pm today. According to him, a total of 119 tankers ferrying petroleum products have entered the country since September 24.

Of the 119 tankers, 29 petrol tankers, 71 diesel tankers, 13 LP gas bullets three aviation fuel tankers and similar number of tankers carrying kerosene entered Nepal via the border points from India. Kakadbhitta Area Police Office DSP Shyam Adhikari said that Indian Oil Corporation invited the eastern regional fuel distributors to fill fuel from the Siligurii depot. He also said that hundreds of trucks loaded with various goods, which were stranded in India’s Panitanki for days, also arrived in Nepal today. According to Dipesh Rijal, operator of Oil Centre, Jhiljhile, people were provided petroleum products easily in Jhapa.

As many as 73 tankers ferrying petroleum products and 15 LP gas bullets entered Nepal from Jogbani checkpoint today. Among them, 22 are petrol tankers. Hundreds of trucks carrying cargo also entered the country today.

Rupaidia border point near Nepalgunj also opened today, said Area Police Office Jamunaha In-charge SI Bishnu Giri. Thirteen petroleum tankers and 52 cargo trucks came to Nepal from the checkpoint without any obstruction at the Indian border today.

Ten petroleum tankers and 200 cargo trucks entered the country’s border point from Belhiya of Rupandehi today.