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Kabul residents complain high liquefied gas price

Kabul residents complain high liquefied gas price

Sep 16, 2017 - 14:40

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Surge in the price of liquefied gas irked some residents of the capital Kabul while the rates of fuel and gold dipped during the outgoing week, market sources said Saturday.

The price of liquefied gas differs in different parts of Kabul but generally its rate has increased by 10 Afghanis in each kilogram.

Ahmad Javid, a gas seller in Taimani area of Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the price of one kilogram of liquefied gas was increased from 60 Afs to 65 Afs.

He said he sold the same amount of gas for 55 Afghanis about a month ago. Mohammmad Asif, a gas seller in Qala-I-Fatullah area of Kabul, said the price of one kilogram gas increased from 55afs to 60afs in his area compare to 50afs a month ago.

However, none of the sellers had information about the reason of hike in gas price but said the importing companies were selling the commodity on high rates on shopkeepers.

Mohammad Sharif, head of Khurasan Gas Company and a member of Gas Importers Association, said the price of the commodity was increased in Turkmenistan where its reservoirs were under cleaning process.

He said a ton of gas in Turkmenistan increased from $410 to $516 and the total charge on one ton amounted to $720 when reaching to Kabul.

Sharif said the cleaning process of gas reservoirs in Turkmenistan may take about a month.

Mohammad Nasim Qaderi, gas and petroleum control manager at the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) agreed with Sharif and said the price of gas was increased due to its limited imports to Kabul.

He also said that Turkmenistan was cleaning its gas reservoirs.

Some residents of Kabul residents said the MoCI was responsible to control liquefied gas prices.

Mohammad Iqbal, a political science student of Kabul University and resident of Qala-I-Fatullah area, asked the government to take action for controlling the gas prices.

“The weather in the winter would get colder and people would consume huge amount of gas to heat their homes, so the prices probably rise by double, so we ask the government to take immediate action on the regard,” he said.

A number of other residents of Kabul had the same complaints.

 Mohammad Nasim Qaderi said that if the price of the commodity was increased by its importers then the government should take action on the matter.

However, the price of fuel decreased. Abdul Hadi, a worker at the Wazirabad Fuel Station, said that the price of one liter of diesel dipped from 46afs to 45afs and the same quantity of petrol from 46afs to 45afs.

Gold prices also dipped. The price of one gram of Arabian gold decreased from 2,400afs to 2,300afs and the same quantity of Russian variety from 1,950afs to 1,850afs.

However, food items’ rates remain steady.

Food Traders Union head, Fazal Rahman, said 24kg of Pakistani rice cost 1,850afs, 50kg of Kazakhistani flour 1,160afs, 16 liters of Khurshid ghee 1,120afs and 49kg of Pakistani sugar 1,920afs.

Noor Ahmad Khairkhwa, a tea seller in Kabul Mandavi, said a kilogram of Indonesian green tea cost 280afs and the same amount of African black tea 300afs -- same as last week’s.

Ahmad Wali Panjsheri, who owns a grocery shop in Dahn-i-Bagh area, sold a 50-kg bag of Kazakhstani flour for 1,220afs and a 49-kg sack of Pakistani sugar for 2,000afs.

He sold a 16-litre tin of Khurshid ghee for 1,200afs, a 24-kg sack of Pakistani rice for 2,100afs, a kilogram of Indonesian green tea for 300afs and the same quantity of African black tea for 350afs, higher than wholesale rates.

According to Sara-I-Shahzada moneychangers, one US dollar accounted for 68.70 Afghanis and 1,000 Pakistani rupees 641 Afghanis this week against last week's rates of 68.60afs and 640afs respectively.



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