There is a shortage of subsidised LPG cylinders at the Motithang fuel depot every now and then but people are reluctant to switch to non-subsidised LPG.

The depot used up its quota of LPG cylinders on July 28. However, it has been addressed the issue by diverting LPG cylinders from Haa and Wangdue, manager Karma Thinley said. A truckload of LPG consisting of about 250 cylinders was brought from these dzongkhags.

The depot also has about 160 non-subsidised LPG cylinders but there is hardly any taker.

Non-subsidised LPG was introduced on February 9 this year to address the shortage of LPG in the country, especially in the rural areas.

A subsidised LPG costs Nu 1,450. A non-subsidised LPG costs Nu 200 more.

In June this year, more than 200 returned subsidised LPG cylinders were distributed in Sombaykha and Gakiling gewogs in Haa.

Bhutan gets about 49,300 subsidised LPG cylinders, about 700MT every month.

Staff reporter