-  Saturday 15 December 2018

Protests against fuel price hike continue, capital hit harder

 -  Kantipur

KATHMANDU, Jan 23 2008 - Normal life in the capital and different parts of the country have been crippled on the second consecutive day due the demonstrations staged by students, trade unionists affiliated to the ruling parties and even commoners to press the government to withdraw its Monday’s decision to hike the price of diesel, Kerosene and cooking gas.

The vehicular movement in the capital and the Prithvi highway, main life line to the capital, was badly affected after the irate students and hooligans took out protest rallies and burnt tyres even at side roads since early morning.

All the educational institutions of the valley remained closed. Likewise, different stretches of the East-West highway has been obstructed.

The demonstrators have obstructed roads at Durbarmarg, Tinkune, Gausala, Naxal, Mitrapark, Lainchaur, Sitapaila, Banasthali, New Baneshwar, Bagbazar, Sallaghari in Bhaktapur and Patandhokha in Lalitpur and other thoroughfares in the Kathmandu Valley burning tires and putting hurdles of different kinds.

Tri-Chandra Campus, ASCOL Campus and many other colleges also saw similar kind of protests in this morning, said the police.

Thousands of students and office goers were hit hard by the sudden strike.

Most of the vehicles could not ply the streets of the capital and other major urban centers of the country.

Similarly, highways in most parts of the country also wore a deserted look—much to commoners’ inconvenience.

The price hike also sparked protests in Bara, Parsa, Dhanusha, Morang, Saptari, Sunsari, Jhapa, Palpa, Banke and many other districts.

Eight student unions affiliated to the ruling seven-party alliance are planning more protests against the price hike.

On Monday the government increased the prices of diesel to Rs. 61/30 per liter, kerosene to Rs. 61 per liter and cooking gas to Rs. 1250 per cylinder as part of its ongoing efforts to bail out the Nepal Oil Corporation, which is incurring heavy losses due by distributing subsidised fuel imported from India.

The state-run monopolist has stated that it was still incurring losses despite the latest price hike.

Transport entrepreneurs on Tuesday denounced the government's decision to hike the price of diesel and LPG and threatened to unilaterally increase transport fares for all vehicles by 25 percent from Wednesday if the price hikes are not rolled back. Supplies Minister Shyam Sundar Gupta urged the people to exercise restraint as the government was compelled to raise the fuel prices acting on the hike in oil prices in the international markets.

He told reporters today that the government could review the prices as oil prices were likely to decrease in the international markets in February.

Source : Kantipur
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