Supply eases as border points open

Jhapa/Nawalparasi, October 12

Most of the border points shut down by the agitating United Democratic Madhesi Front reopened from today.

With reopening of points bordering India, the flow of vehicles loaded with petroleum products and other goods entering the country has increased. Customs offices in Birgunj and Biratnagar, however, remained closed today too.

Closed down for the past five days, Belhiya border point in Rupandehi opened from today afternoon. More than 100 heavy trucks and containers including seven tankers loaded with petro products entered the country via Belhiya Customs office today.

Inspector Rabinbabu Regmi at Area Police Office Belhiya said that two tankers each carrying petrol and diesel, three bullets with LPG gas, four bullets carrying oxygen and carbon dioxide and 96 heavy trucks entered the country via Sunauli-Belhiya border point today.

India had started sending the trucks and containers after the lo cal administration and Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Siddhartha Chapter opened the obstruction at the border yesterday.

Likewise, Sub-inspector Bishnu Giri at Area Police office Jamunah said that as many as 16 diesel tankers and 36 heavy trucks entered the country today via Rupaidiha customs office near Nepalgunj today. Giri said there was no problem in the transportation of goods and commodities via the border point.

Earlier, as many as 41 fuel tankers had entered the country till yesterday evening.

Similarly, more than 100 heavy trucks entered the country today via Kakadbhitta border point today. Communication officer Dipendra Jha at Kakadbhitta Customs office said that 20 tankers loaded with petro products would enter the country via the border till today evening.

DSP Shyam Adhikary at Area Police Office Kakadbhitta said that 14 tankers with petro products entered the country yesterday alone. Adhikary said that transportation of goods and other products had become normal via Kakadbhitta Customs.

Likewise, Kailali-based Gaurifanta border point too opened from today. Staff at the customs office said that many tankers had been sent to India’s Methuira Depot yesterday to fill up petro products and they were on the way back to their destination.

Meanwhile, Birgunj’s Raxaul and Biratnagar’s Jogbani border points remained closed today too. United Democratic Madhesi Front’s border-centred agitation has obstructed the Raxaul customs office. The clash that broke out between police personnel and UDMF cadres had closed Jogbani customs from yesterday. Customs officer Rajendra Dhungana, however, said that Jogbani customs could reopen from tomorrow.