Kathmandu” With the start of the Dashain festival, consumption of petroleum products has increased suddenly.
The consumption of diesel and petrol has increased by 75 percent with the start of the Dashain festival as compared to the previous times, according to Nepal Oil Corporation.
Earlier, 2.2 million liters of petrol used to be consumed in a day. Now, consumption of petrol has reached 3.5 liters daily in recent days.
NOC Spokesperson Binitmani Upadhyay said 5.5 million liters of diesel is being consumed daily against 3.5 million daily.
As people have started leaving Kathmandu Valley to celebrate Dashain, a long queue of vehicles is seen at some petrol pumps for fuel. The number of people leaving Kathmandu Valley for Dashain has increased with the start of Dashain’s vacation.
Spokesperson Upadhyay shared that the depot of NOC would remain open even during public holidays during Dashain in order to make smooth sales and distribution of petroleum products across the county during the festival.
NOC depots to remain open during the Dashain holiday
Meanwhile, the Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) has said its all petrol pumps would be open during the Dashain holiday.
The state-owned fuel utility stated through a notice today that it will be operating its 13 fuel depots as well for a smooth supply of petroleum products during Dashain.
NOC Director Birendra Goit said that the Corporation has made a decision to keep open the petrol stations for the easy supply of petroleum products as the flow of public transport increases during the Dashain public holiday.
According to him, the NOC’s depot would be open on October 2, 5 and 7 in Biratnagar of Province 1 and in Amalekhgunj of Madhes province while the depot would be operated on October 1, 2, 4, and 7 at Thankot of Bagmati province and at Pokhara of Gandaki province.
Similarly, the NOC depots at Bhairahawa of Lumbini would be open on October 1,2,4,7 and 8, the depot at Surkhet of Karnali province would be open on October 2 and 7 while the depots at Dhangadhi of Sudurpaschim would be open on October 2, 3 and 7.
Likewise, the depot at the NOC branch office Charali would be open on October 2 and 7 while the depots in Nepalgunj, Dhanusha, Birgunj, Dang and Dipayal would also be open until October 7.
The petrol pumps would be open round the clock to prevent a shortage of petroleum products in the market, NOC stated.