91 tankers, 12 LPG bullets enter NepalNearly 300 trucks, including 91 oil tankers and 12 cooking gas bullets, entered Nepal through various customs points on Wednesday.
Nearly 300 trucks, including 91 oil tankers and 12 cooking gas bullets, entered Nepal through various customs points on Wednesday.
The largest number of the trucks entered through the Jogbani-Biratnagar customs point—53 oil tankers, 12 gas bullets and 132 trucks carrying industrial raw materials and commercial goods. Of the 53 oil tankers, 42 were diesel tankers and 11 petrol tankers.
Biratnagar Customs Chief Krishna Prasad Basnet said entry of goods through the Jogbani border point eased considerably on Wednesday. On Tuesday, 50 oil
tankers had entered the country from the border point.
According to Basnet, Indian customs officials on Wednesday committed they would clear goods in line with the capacity of the Biratnagar customs yard.
Assistant Commissioner of India’s Jogbani Customs Office Pranesh Gupta inspected the Biratnagar customs yard and sought details about its capacity, according to Nepali customs officials.
Sources said most of the trucks that entered Nepal were laden with Indian goods, while industrial raw materials and other commercial goods imported from third countries were not cleared.
From Jhapa’s Kakarvitta customs point, 35 fuel tankers (22 diesel tankers, 12 petrol tankers and one kerosene tanker) entered Nepal on Tuesday night, according to Nepal Oil Corporation’s (NOC) Mechi depot’s chief Kamalesh Aryal.
Similarly, 31 loaded trucks, including a petrol tanker and two diesel tankers, entered Nepal through Trinagar customs point in Kailali, according to customs officer Man Bahadur BK. According to Shiva Raj Bhandari, an official at NOC regional office, Dhangadhi, of the 20 tankers dispatched from the Trinagar customs point, a total of seven tankers were filled by the Indian Oil Corporation’s (IOC) depot on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the IOC depot at Gonda is reported to have refused to refill NOC tankers. Shree Chandra Shrestha, chief of NOC’s regional office in Nepalgunj, said five NOC tankers have been stuck at Gonda. He said the IOC depot in Allahabad provided aviation fuel to six tankers. “Both the depots at Gonda and Allahabad have reportedly run out of petroleum stock,” said Shrestha.
Meanwhile 14 trucks carrying potatoes, wheat, rice, poultry feed and machineries entered Nepalgunj on Wednesday.
(With inputs from our local correspondents)