Shortage of petroleum products in Kathmandu

Most petrol pumps were closed on Tuesday due to non-transportation of petroleum products. Workers, including drivers, have been agitating saying that vaccine is not available when they repeatedly demand it from the concerned bodies. They have stopped transporting since Sunday and chanted slogans on Tuesday at the Oil Corporation’s Thankot depot. There is a shortage of petroleum products in the Kathmandu Valley as tanker drivers have been agitating for vaccination against corona.

During the talks held between the agitating driver and Nepal Oil Corporation today, it was agreed to provide corona vaccine. With the agreement, the drivers’ movement has returned. Most of the private petrol pumps in Kathmandu are closed on Tuesday due to three days of transportation disruption. Transportation will be smooth with the return of the drivers’ movement and petrol pumps will be open from Wednesday. There are 176 private petrol pumps in operation in three districts of Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur).

Chairman of the Nepal Petroleum Workers’ Union Ishwar Lama said that Barauni, Amalekhgunj area and internal transportation has been suspended since Sunday. According to the Oil Corporation’s Bagmati Provincial Depot, Thankot, the supply across the state was also affected on Tuesday due to the obstruction of transporters.

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