Plans afoot to tackle blockade

- BHADRA SHARMA, Kathmandu

Nov 8, 2015-

Measures to cope with the border blockade will feature prominently in the government’s common minimum programme (CMP).

The ruling coalition is formulating both short-term and long-term plans to deal with the fuel crisis by diversifying energy sources and supplies, leaders involved in drafting the CMP said.

As part of a long-term solution to the fuel deficiency, the government is drafting clear policy options to end the monopoly of foreign firms by diversifying import sources, investing in facilities like petroleum pipeline and increasing the fuel storage capacity.

Immediately, the government would seek an alternative to liquefied petroleum gas by promoting biogas, solar panels and electric devices. This would include subsidies for the purchase of renewable energy-based appliances.

On Friday, Prime Minister KP Oli told a delegation of journalists that his government was considering electricity-powered mass transit, including resumption of trolley bus services in Kathmandu Valley.

The CMP will also prioritise post-quake reconstruction and implementation of the new constitution, said CPN-UML leader Shankar Pokharel.


Published: 08-11-2015 08:14

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