Chinese grant fuel reaching Kathmandu Monday: Officials

Monday - 2nd November, 2015 | | General News

The first phase of 71 tons of petrol donated by China will reach the capital on Monday.

Following the completion of documentation process, 12 tankers loaded with fuel from Kyirung of China will be sent to the capital, according to DSP Abadhesh Bista of the District Police Office Rasuwa.
"Additional four tankers have arrived in Rasuwa from Kathmandu to transport petrol from China," he informed.

Dipak Baral, spokesperson of the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC), admitted that there has been a delay in bringing the Chinese fuel because the documentation process at customs checkpoints took time.

"However, such a delay will not occur in the days to come," he further said.

Baral told Republica that now the documentation work for fuel import has been completed and the tankers will reach Kathmandu on Monday.

Also, an avalanche on the way had obstructed the movement of 12 petrol-loaded tankers to the capital. The roads linking Rasuwa and Kathmandu are still muddy and rough.

Once the grant assistance of petrol is received, Petro China and NOC will reach another trade agreement, NOC spokesperson Baral said.

Meanwhile, Sitaram Gautam, a tanker driver, said he is happy to have the opportunity to transport fuel from China at the time of crisis in the country.

"Despite obstacles on the route, I am very happy to be able to work for the country in the times of need," he said.

Although the roads in Nepal are difficult, the roads in China were well-built and smooth, according to Gautam.

The distance between Kathmandu and Kyirung is 190 km.