No lesson from blockade: Nepal fails to expand petroleum storage capacity

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In past 12 years, the per-year demand for petroleum products in Nepal increased by 1.17 billion litre. However, the storage capacity of Nepal Oil Corporation, the sole state-government distributor of fuels in the country, is same over years.

During the 2015/16 border blockade, the country reeled under an acute shortage of petroleum products. Members of the public as well as stakeholders widely discussed the need of expanding the storage facility so that the country could store fuel it needs for next few months.

The blockade ended after around six months. It was expected that the government would pay attention to adding up the storage capacity, but nothing happened in these two years post-blockade.

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