Dhunche, Oct 31: Three tankers loaded with fuel products provided in grant assistance from Chinese government entered Nepal on Saturday night, Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) said.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Abadesh Bista said three tankers with 27,000 litres of petroleum products entered Nepal via Rasuwagadhi point at 9:30 pm.
The fuel-filled tankers will be kept at Timure providing high security, and be sent to Kathmandu Sunday morning, DSP Bista said, adding that remaining nine tankers will head to Kerung for fuel.
Filling up Nepali tankers with petroleum products begat at 1 pm at Kerung, Tibet, said NOC Spokesperson Deepak Baral. He added that the delay in loading fuel was caused as Chinese tankers laden with fuel reached Kerung late owing to the snowfall obstructing the roadway 14 km towards the north.
Chinese security personnel had allowed only four tankers to enter their territory through the Rasuwagadi border point until 1:00 pm on Saturday. However one was sent back to Nepal stating that the supply stock for the day was only for three tankers on Saturday.
A team led by Nepal’s Ambassador to China, Mahesh Maskey, has also returned to Nepal via the Rasuwagadi point after getting temporarily stuck at Kerung due to the sudden snowfall, according to local administration.
Meanwhile, a Nepali trader at the border area, Madhav Prasad Pandey, spoke of the need to make the road link from Galchi of Dhading to Rasuwagadi in Rasuwa more reliable for sustained growth of trade between Nepal and China.
He further appealed to entrepreneurs to remain focused on prospects offered by Rasuwagadi point citing the distance to this northern customs point is relatively shorter.