Officials say the problem will be resolved within 10 days

Neten Dorji

It has been more than two weeks since Trashigang and Trashiyangtse ran out of commercial liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

Some hoteliers switch to electric cookers.

A hotelier said that it has been more than two weeks without commercial LPG in Trashigang. “I went twice to BOD, but there were no gas cylinders. It is difficult to avail subsidised LPG refill here.”

Another hotelier said, “Every time I go to BOD, they say gas will arrive soon, but I don’t see stocks arriving in Trashigang.”

His last cylinder might not last very long.

A civil servant who was recently posted to Trashiyangtse said he ran out of cooking gas last week.  “I enquired BOD officials three times; they just say there is a shortage of LPG.”

An official in Samdrupjongkhar said that the truck that brings LPG cylinders is under repair. “We have not been able to deliver because the vehicle has broken down and two transporters have withdrawn their service to deliver LPG cylinders.”

He said that the vehicles are expected to be back on the road soon and the shortage of LPG cylinder stock would be solved. “In the last two days, we delivered 372 LPG cylinders to Trashigang and Trashiyangtse. We expect to solve the problem within 10 days,” he added.

BOD officials in Trashiyangtse said that the distributor ran out of stock beginning July 5.  He said that he had been receiving numerous calls and collected empty cylinders. “Customers are pressuring me and calling every day enquiring about LPG cylinders.”

Trashigang received 372 gas cylinders yesterday morning, out of which 343 are non-subsidised.

A non-subsidised filled cylinder in Trashigang costs Nu1,251 and subsidised filled cylinder Nu 1,003.