March 22, 2020 11:32 AM NPT
By: Govinda KC
Police confiscate and load LPG cylinders hoarded by dealers onto their motor vehicle.
DAILEKH, March 22: Following the government's direction to suspend long haul transport and close educational institutions and government offices as announced on Friday, Dailekh has started seeing shortage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The government had made the decision to restrain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nepal.
After the locals complained about the shortage of LPG in the market, a team led by the assistant chief district officer had monitored the market. The LPG cylinders were seized after the team found full cylinders in the shops that had reported shortages of cooking gas, according to Indra Bahadur Chhetri, assistant chief district officer of the district.
The team had raided Bheri Gas and Manakamana Gas, dealers of LPG cylinders in Dailekh. “LPG cylinders were found during the monitoring in the godown,” he said. The team had carried out monitoring in the godown of both Bheri Gas and Manakamana Gas in the district.
The team seized 11 LPG cylinders from Shrestha Bhada Store and 3 cylinders from Aliza Store. Yagya Prasad Regmi, a store owner said that, the team had seized the cylinders kept for household purposes after selling available ones for sale. “LPG cylinders kept for my own household purposes were also seized,” he said. “How will three cylinders for my own use contribute to the shortage of cooking gas in the market?”
The dealers said that the shortage of LPG cylinders originates from the company itself. The dealers have said that all the cylinders for sale have been sold. Due to the lack of constant market monitoring, there are shortages of not only LPG cylinders but also other essential goods in Dailekh.
The price hike of goods in the rural market has been impacting consumers of the district. Officials of the District Administration Office said that, they have been staying alert to avoid the shortages of goods in the market of the district. Chief District Officer Yubaraj Kattel informed that the people responsible for creating artificial shortages will face necessary action according to the law.