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Kabul residents complain about oil & liquid gas price hike

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Kabul residents complain about oil & liquid gas price hike
 The Kabul residents while talking to The Kabul Times reporter said that the fuel and gas prices in the city’s markets are different, and people are dissatisfied with this situation.
Ehsanullah a Taxi driver in the connection said that the price of oil, especially the fuel, is sold at different prices to the public. “I do not know whether the government is aware of this situation or not.
The Taxi drivers expressing concerned over different rates of fuel and ask the government to intervene in the market and take control of the market in its hand.
Although, the government has fallen down the tax rate on oil, but unfortunately we don’t know why the tank owners still sell it to us at a high price, Qadir another taxi driver stated.  Today, a liter of petrol is being sold against 46 Afghanis in Kabul markets, so they want that the price should be reduced to 35 Afghanis.  
Currently, the price of a liter of diesel is 44 afs., despite reduce in tax rate, but, unfortunately, the government still has not been able to reconsider about the prices. 
The Afghan traders in this regard said that the rise in the oil prices in Afghanistan caused by high oil prices in the international markets.
In winter season the prices of other fuels also have been increased two-fold, where one kilo of gas is being sold against 65 Afghani and 560kg of wood is about 8000 Afghani in the markets.
Nawid, a Kabul resident said that although the government has repeatedly promised about making efforts to decrease fuel prices, but unfortunately still, the people are buying fuel at high prices and no change has been made in the connection.
At the same time, a new law on oil and gas will be approved by the Cabinet in near future and by implementing this law the prices would be controlled in domestic markets.
According to head of oil and gas enterprise, Tamim Walid there is more than 100 million metric tons of reserved oil, which would be used in emergency state.
It is planned to create gas reserves in Islam Qala, Nimroz and Farah. In this case, the oil and gas directorate will have development plans that will provide better services to the people, Walid asserted.
The main challenge of this organization is the lack of oil and gas law, which unfortunately, enterprises are operating like the sixth finger in the economic sector, and its laws for the past 20 years have not been changed, and it is an old system. The agency is making effort to resume this law, Walid went on to say.
However, this organization has some achievements like naming of all tanks of oil, which currently has 3200 tanks of oil across Afghanistan, which is considered as a major economic industry as well and all tanks are registered in our database. In the new program of this enterprise all tanks will operate under the umbrella of a private sector on a single market. There are 114 government oil tanks operating as well 340 tanks in Kabul and another 3200 tanks across the country.