Discussion on petro products supply to feature in PM's India visit agenda

August 18, 2017


Kathmandu: The government is to hold high-level talks with India intending to seek a long-term solution to all problems relating to petroleum products. 

In-depth discussions on the issues relating to ease transport and supply of avian turbine fuel, cooking gas, diesel, petrol and kerosene to Nepal and construction of pipelines and terminals have been included in the agenda of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba's upcoming visit to the southern neighbour. 

Senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Supplies gave information about this in a meeting held today under the chair of Bhisma Raj Aangdembe, President of Legislature-Parliament's Industry, Commerce and Consumer Welfare Committee. 

Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi said during the Prime Minister's India visit, talks regarding the supply of petroleum products, using Nepali vehicles in the transport and granting special pass to such vehicles by the Indian Government would be held during the Prime Minister's visit. 

New Delhi-based Nepali Embassy and the Indian Embassy based in Kathmandu are making preparations at the diplomatic level to this effect, according to Bairagi. 

Prior to this, Supplies Minister Shiva Kumar Mandal stated that some agreements reached with India in regard to the supply and distribution of petroleum products are in the implementation phase while some are yet to be enforced. The country saw some troubles in the import of petroleum products from India due to torrential rain in Nepal and landslides in different parts of India in this monsoon. However, the adverse situation was tackled collectively and the smooth supply was ensured, he added. RSS