Kathmandu, 8th January, 2015: Â Â Nepal LiquefiedÂ PetroleumÂ Gas (LPG) entrepreneurs have reported to the Consumers Rights Committee under the Legislature-Parliament that the current shortage of the LP Gas was due to the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) and gas dealers’ irresponsibility.
In a meeting of the Sub-committee formed by the Industry, Commerce and Consumers’ Rights Committee for taking initiatives for the smooth supply of cooking gas today, the entrepreneurs said the gas shortage was seen in the market as the NOC does not want to bear loss from LPG.
Chairman of the LPG Industry Association Shiva Prasad Ghimire said, “The shortage of gas in the market was due to the unfair practices of the NOC and the Gas Dealers.”
The entrepreneurs said NOC was mainly responsible in this regard and charged the LPG dealers of encouraging black marketing.
The entrepreneurs further said there are 15,000 Gas Suppliers and no laws and directives have been put in place to monitor the market. If a dealer keeps five gas cylinders in stock the market gets shortage of 75,000 cylinders, which in turn affects the smooth supply of the gas in the market thereby to the customers.
The NOC have supplied less gas than the demand to reduce the losses it incurs as it has to bear loss of Rs 290 per cylinder according to the current rate. They blamed the NOC import only 40 per cent gas of the total market demand, currently.
Ghimere said shortage of gas in the market is natural as the NOC supplies only 22,000 metric tonnes gas which was the demand two years ago and that there were only 4.1 million cylinders as against the demand of 5.5 gas cylinders of late.
During the meeting, coordinator of the Sub-committee Narayan Bahadur Karki urged the entrepreneurs to play effective role keeping in mind their social responsibility for smooth supply of the gas and address the shortage of gas seen in the market.
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