Bagmati’s fuel supply has been disrupted due to a walkout by tanker drivers over Covid-19 vaccinations
Following a request from the Nepal Petroleum Tanker Driver Union, no tanker has supplied fuel and diesel from the Nepal Oil CorporationR17;s provincial depot in Thankot, Kathmandu, since Sunday morning. Tankers delivering petroleum to the Thankot depot from the depots at Amlekhgunj, Bara, and Barauni, India, on the opposite hand.
According to the unionR17;s president, Ishwar Lama, the drivers went on strike because the government did not prioritize their safety, despite the fact that one driver had already died as a result of Covid-19. “Many of our other friends are seriously infected, but the government is completely unaware,” Lama says.
Thankot depot chief Abhishek Thakur says the NOC recognizes their concerns but asks that the necessary supply not be interrupted. Thakur claims that he has already conveyed the driversR17; request to the NOC headquarters and the Ministry of Health.
“We tried every effort feasible, but the government lacks vaccines. As a result, we should not suspend the important service,” he explains.
Binit Mani Upadhya, a spokeswoman for the NOC central office, agrees with Thakur.
The NOC has reportedly commissioned a high-level delegation to hold negotiations and resolve the situation.