Unprecedented spike in gas price irks Heratis
HERAT CITY (PAN): Due to reduced supply of gas, it prices have unprecedentedly increased in western Herat province over the past two months, residents complained on Wednesday.
The rate of a kilogram of gas hovered between 70 and 80 afghanis at the state run distribution centres, where dozens of kilograms of liquefied gas is daily shipped from Turkmenistan.
Abdul Hakim, 55, a resident of the 6th police district, said the gas distribution shops either lacked gas or remained closed for days.
He claimed to have bought 10 kg of gas for 800 afghanis ($16.3633) after hectic efforts to find it in the market.
Another resident, Farid Ahmad, said the government had been unable to the resolve the problem of gas shortage during winter.
He asked the government to resolve the problem and keep monitoring the soaring gas prices. He said the gas prices would not have increased, if the government had taken in-time measures in this regard.
Fuel Department Deputy Director, Jalil Ahmad Azizi, linked the soaring prices of gas and its shortages to the increasing demand during winter and slow process of the commodity imports.
He said about 200 tonnes of gas was daily imported from Turkmenistan, with half of it reaching other provinces. He said a committee had been formed to find a solution to the issue.
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