Supplies from India hit, Nepal moves to airlift fuel from third country

The notice published by the state-run Nepal Oil Corp has asked suppliers to submit proposals to supply gasoline, kerosene and diesel and aviation fuel to the capital Kathmandu by air or by land.

Written by Shubhajit Roy , Yubaraj Ghimire | Kathmandu/new Delhi | Updated: October 9, 2015 3:14 am
Nepal news, Nepal strike, Nepal constitution, Nepal protests, Nepal petrol, Nepal violence, Nepal protest Nepalese people watch the remains of a burned out bus in Kathmandu, Nepal Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Security was stepped up in Nepal on Sunday ahead of the proclamation of the Himalayan nation’s new federal constitution following a decade of political infighting, with fresh threats and violence coming from smaller political parties and ethnic groups. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

With supplies from India disrupted due to the unrest in the border areas of Madhes over the new Constitution, fuel-starved Nepal moved to airlift petroleum products from a third country. The government plans to charter an Ilyushin aircraft to ferry in supplies.

The Nepal Oil Corporation floated a global tender Thursday, seeking bids for supply of fuel to the country that has almost come to a standstill because of a petroleum crisis caused by 18 days of protests.

Sources said the bidding process will be over by Sunday and the government will take a decision. For now, it will import around 500 KL (kilolitres) daily — 200 KL each of diesel and aviation fuel and 100 KL petrol.

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In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs, expressing

“serious concern” over the “growth of anti-India sentiment” in Nepal, underlined that India was not imposing a blockade, official or unofficial.

MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup said as many as 5,000 trucks were stranded on the Indian side of the border because of the unrest in Nepal.

“The problem in Nepal is their own creation. And that is why we are urging them to reach out to their own people. Put your house in order… We do recognise that there is growth of anti-India sentiment and this is something we are seriously concerned about. There is no doubt about that. But who is responsible for this… Who has stoked this anti-India sentiment,” Swarup said.

He said Indian goods were not able to enter Nepal because of the unrest there. “And for which the blame squarely lies with the Nepalese leadership and we hope that they do something about it so that the traditionally friendly relationship between Nepal and India can continue like before.”

On Nepal waving the China card, Swarup said India wants dialogue within Nepal to resolve issues. “But if they want to approach any other country, they are welcome. They are a sovereign, independent country and can make their own choices. We cannot constrain them but the kind of ‘roti-beti’ relationship they have with India, no other country can substitute it,” he said.

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    1 tukra
    Oct 10, 2015 at 10:46 pm
    Just for info - There are 9 (nine) custom office between Nepal and India, and the protest is only at 1 (one) or 2 ( two). Now, you all can decide what is this - India blockade or Nepal internal issue.
  2. H
    Oct 8, 2015 at 9:40 pm
    Its correct time to be free, thereal Nepalese of hill and tarai origin, from slavery of Indian politicians; although Indian and Nepalese people are best friends in world! Do not be back also imporing fuel from China.
    1. H
      Oct 8, 2015 at 9:35 pm
      Its good time for real Nepalese of hills and tarai to be free from slavery of Indian politicians; although Indian people are best friend of Nepalese people and would remain always!
      1. N
        Oct 9, 2015 at 11:58 am
        Stop lying people indian media you were the people responsible for the exacerbation of the indo-Nepal relationship. Right after the Consution was declared in Nepal nobody has died and all people who died were before declaration. Shame on you telling white lies, you know by yourself when you come and see in border, there are some protestors at indian side standing on the top of indian police station building and throwing stones toward nepali side but nobody protesting inside nepalese borders. And about blockade your oil corporation isn't refuelling nepalese tankers and gasoline bullets. Just stop brainwashing people giving fake news because it will just ruin your credibility.
        1. N
          Oct 9, 2015 at 3:08 pm
          As the world knows; Nepal has recently promulgated a new consution on 20th September, 2015 through the best democratic process ever established in the world. The consution was made and promulgated by overwhelming vote (93%) of the exemplar inclusive consuent embly (CA), which was formed through internationally applauded election.It is open to all that the Consution embly had gone through all the due process of consution making established in the democratic world. In fact, despite being one of the youngest democracy, Nepal has set many examples of how political conflicts can be resolved through dialogues and democratic means. However, India, which claims to be "the largest democracy" has shamelessly denounced the internationally accepted democratic norms and standards followed in Nepal. Going totally against diplomatic and democratic norms and standards, the country has disrespected Nepal's sovereignty. Crossing every limit, it is threatening to impose trade sanctions on Nepal thereby challenging international rules allowing for land locked countries to transport goods to and from seaports. True, we have some issues within ourselves regarding the new consution. Some political forces are not happy with the consution. However, by all means, this is our internal matter of a sovereign country. Since we have adopted a totally democratic process and any of the provisions in the consution is not against any other country including India, Indian Government cannot interfere at all unless we officially request them to do so.Nepal has made consution not an atomb bomb.If India can back Madeshi people as a diplomatic relation , then why not paksithan cannot back Muslim in India. In addition, our new consution is exemplary inclusive. None of the provisions discriminate any citizen of Nepal, be it Madhesi or Janajati. Forget about community or cast, the new Nepal respects every single person and protects its universally accepted rights. I can claim that it is one of the best consution from inclusive point of view. Then, why India is against this consution?? We request you to see your consution first. Moreover, consution is not static, it can be changed. We request india to see your internal matter, it may be of Gujarat Macre or it may be Kashmir dispute or recent Hardik Patel agitation in Guajrat, India. We want to ask question to Modi and its government ? •Is there any different definition of democracy for countries like us? •Is a landlocked country not sovereign to make its own democratic consution? •Is there any country in the world whose consution was approved unanimously while promulgating? If not, why is it required for Nepal to have the support of 100%? did you get 100% support in your consution? •If Nepal needs India's consent to promulgate consution, does India also need Nepal's consent for its consutional provisions? If you think that the international rules, norms, and standards are equally enforced to every country in the world, please make India stop bullying Nepal.If not, please stop talking about democratic norms and values! Help to raise voice against India open encroachment to Nepal. Help for peace in South Asia. Thank you all for your support.
          1. N
            Oct 9, 2015 at 3:01 pm
            Nepal has asked Indian government just enter the vehicle into Nepal territory. Your driver can leave the vehicle. We will take care of it. But India is not letting the vehicle to enter in .
            1. R
              Oct 9, 2015 at 12:49 pm
              Yes. Nepal and India share a special relationship and it should remain that. We shoud accep that before pointing finger to our neighbors we should clean our own house. I strongly believe the real culprits of this tension are the madhesi leaders. Regarding petrolium, the Nepalese government should opt for an alternate supply, which actually it is doing until the situation gets better.
              1. S
                Oct 9, 2015 at 7:58 am
                India claiming there is no official or unofficial blockade, but only the goods like rotten fruits and vegetables are allowed to enter where as the petrolium products are not allowed to enter in the name of security. Actually, nepal government has already ured the security to indian carriers bringing petrolium products and the security is not so much threatening to them as exaggarated. It's well known that india is befooling nepal and international community in the name of security and violating the regulations of international trade. Moreover, showing inhumane acts blocking petrolium products in a landlocked country which has just started to rise after destructive earthquake. Its a part of their bullying diplomacy towards small countries like nepal, bhutan and mode to compel to agree according to thier wish with this methodology of inhumane bargaining and pressure. How can india be the aspirant of U.N. seat with this sort of politics with its neighbouring countries. Indian media should also bring the reality to indian people.
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