Kathmandu, November 4
A total of 1.2 million litres of petrol will be distributed to private vehicles from tomorrow till Saturday in Kathmandu Valley from more than 60 fuel pumps each day.
Nepal Oil Corporation has already published the list of fuel pumps assigned to distribute fuel to private vehicles in Kathmandu Valley and nearby towns Banepa, Dhulikhel and Panchkhal of Kavre district.
Separate fuel stations have been assigned to distribute fuel every day.
Based on the location and distribution capacity, fuel stations will get 4,000 litres to 12,000 litres of petrol per day.
Government-owned fuel pumps will also distribute fuel to private vehicles based on their turns tomorrow, Friday and Saturday. Thus, vehicle owners have been advised to check the fuel station that has been assigned to distribute fuel on that particular day as per their lot before queuing.
Fuel will be distributed on the basis of the lot of the vehicles.
Motorcycles of 1-30 lot and cars of 1-5 lot can refill tomorrow. Likewise, 31-50 lot motorcycles and cars from 6-8 lot will be able to purchase fuel on Friday and the remaining lot will get the fuel on Saturday.
Motorists will get 10 litres of fuel and motorcyclists will get five litres. One four-wheeler will be refilled after every two motorcycles.
Security personnel and staff from the Department of Commerce and Supply Management and Nepal Bureau of Standards and Meteorology will facilitate fuel distribution in each fuel station, according to Mukunda Ghimire, director of NOC.
“Security personnel will distribute tokens to vehicles on ‘first-come first-serve’ basis after calculating the quantity of fuel that the station has received from NOC.”
The tokens have been made mandatory this time, which means vehicle owners unable to get tokens will be asked to turn back.
Fuel distribution will start from 1:00pm.
Fuel stations have been instructed to distribute fuel till the last drop. Motorcyclists and motorists will get token in 60:40 ratio, according to Ghimire.
NOC has been preparing to distribute 400,000 litres of fuel each day.
“We will distribute double the quantity we distributed before Dashain,” said Rabin Sharma, chief of NOC’s Thankot depot. NOC had distributed 600,000 litres of petrol to private vehicles on October 13 to ease the mobility of vehicles during Dashain.
Only nine per cent of motorcycles and 15 per cent cars operational in Kathmandu Valley had benefited from the refilling facility back then.
However, NOC has said that all the vehicles will be able to refill their tanks this time. Altogether, 600,000 motorcycles and 120,000 cars are operational in the Valley, as per the Department of Transport Management.
NOC had barred private vehicles from purchasing fuel from October 1 as its stock had depleted due to the obstruction in movement of vehicles from India to Nepal due to the ongoing protest of Tarai-based parties at the Nepal-India border. It had lifted restriction on private vehicles on October 13 for one day.
A version of this article appears in print on November 05, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.