Liquefied gas price dips; lax govt control an issue
KABUL (Pajhwok): Liquefied gas prices have fallen in Kabul as a result of increased imports, officials said on Saturday.
In most parts of the capital, one kilogram of gas accounts for 40afs, while in some areas the prices were as high as 55afs. Gas prices shot up to 75afs a kg six months back.
But the rates plummeted to 42afs a kilo last week. Abdul Moqim, a high school student in Tani Kot areas, said in his neighborhood a kilo of gas sold up to 55afs.
Faiz Mohammad, a resident of Deh Afghanan, complained the prices did not decrease much in his area. “This is a city where nobody asks questions. Everybody sells things at prices they wish.”
The residents urged the Ministry of Commerce to control gas prices.
Haji Mohammad, an official of Khurasan Company, linked the lower prices to world market trends and an increase in imports.
He anticipated in the next few days the prices would come down to 35afs a kilo. He asked retailers not to charge more than 42afs a kilo.
Officials at the Ministry of Commerce promised to hold a meeting with private sector representatives to fix the prices.
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