Large-scale smuggling of petrol and diesel has been reported from the Nepal
border forcing Nepalese authorities to cap fuel supply. Any vehicle from India
in border areas will now be allowed to get only 100 litres of petrol or diesel
under the new regulation imposed by the Kathmandu authorities.
In Nepal petrol
price around Rs 70 per litre in India between Rs 90 to 95 per litre
Petrol is prices around rs 70 per litre in Nepal while in neighboring India
it is sold between Rs 90 to 95 per litre. The huge price difference acts as an
incentive to smuggle petrol into North Bihar bordering the Himalayan country.
Interestingly, petroleum products are supplied to Nepal by India.
In North Bihar, demand for petrol from local peddlers has shot up in the
wake of a steep rise in fuel prices in India. People from Motihari, makes several trips a day to and from Nepal via
Raxaul on his motorbike to fetch petrol from a station bordering the Nepalese
district of Parsa.
“Per trip, we bring 5 litres of petrol from Nepal at 113 per litre, which
is equal to Rs 70.79 in Indian currency, and sell it for Rs 90-95 on the Indian
side,” he said. Dozens of locals owning two and four wheelers are engaged in
petrol-peddling. The petrol peddlers make at least rs 2500 a day in the
operations across the border
Petrol smuggling is
becoming rampant in Bihar districts that share borders with Nepal such as
Kishanganj, Supaul, Araria, Madhubani, Darbhanga, Sitamarhi and East and West
flock to Nepal to fill their fuel tanks
Uttarakhandvillages close to the
international border, people are flocking to Nepal to get fuel tanks
of their vehicles filled as prices in the country are increasing every day.