KATHMANDU, Nepal – Long serpentine lines of motorists have formed at petrol pumps throughout the Kathmandu valley to fill their vehicles with gasoline and diesel.

Long lines of motorcycles and other vehicles have formed at almost all gas stations anticipating a gasoline shortage. Many petrol pumps have declared that they do not have any gasoline.

Hundreds of meters long lines were seen at Nepali Army, Nepal Police, and Armed Police Force-run petrol pumps on Sunday. ‘No petrol’ or ‘No diesel’ signs have been posted at many gas stations.

The situation arose after India, Nepal’s sole supplier of fossil fuels, sent petroleum products at a new, higher price. Commuters are concerned that they will have to pay a higher gasoline price.

On the other hand, Petrol stations see this as an opportunity to sell their excess gasoline at a higher price. As a result, they take advantage of the situation to create a fictitious shortage of petroleum products.

As a result, the recent problem, which is expected to worsen in the coming days, was caused by increased demand and decreased supply of petroleum products.

Extracted in full from: Petrol pumps witness serpentine lines of vehicles in Kathmandu (sydneysun.com)