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25pc surge in gas price worries Kabul residents

25pc surge in gas price worries Kabul residents

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28 Sep 2021 - 18:08
25pc surge in gas price worries Kabul residents
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28 Sep 2021 - 18:08

KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul residents are concerned about a 25 percent surge and inconstant price of liquefied gas in different parts of the capital.

Today (Tuesday) one kilogram of gas was accounted for 70 afs in the Hodkhel and Khairkhana areas of Kabul, in Parwan-e-Sea, Layci Maryam, Khoshal Khan, ArzanQeemat, Taimani Square and Paroza-e-Taimani the rate was 75 afs while in Nawabad, QoulAbChakan, Dashat-e-Barchi, Qala-e-Zaman Khan it was 80 afs.

Worried residents

Samim Baresh, a resident of Layci Maryam locality, told Pajhwok Afghan News he purchased one kilogram of gas from Gas Group Company for 90 afs.

“From one side there is continued surge in gas price and from the other side gas is sold at unfixed price. There is need that authorities should fix the price of gas.”

When asked why he purchased gas from Gas Group Company, he said: “I am concerned about my family, their safety and security. Earlier gas was supplied to us against 70 afs per kilogram while now it surged to 90 afs, which is worrying.”

Shaima Safi, one of school teachers, said she purchased one kilogram of gas at 75 afs while last week it was 70 afs.

“It is worrying that in one week there is 25 percent increase in the price of gas. The prices of petrol and food items are also on the increase and for a teacher it is difficult to survive in such circumstances.”

But Mumtaz Ahmad, one of the shopkeepers, said no gas seller could get more than 10 afs income in one kilogram of gas. He said variation in the price was due to the distance which is counted when company supplies them gas.

Khan Jan Alkozai, first deputy head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industries, said the reason behind the surge in gas prices was decline in gas imports, adding that contracts signed with Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan for the import of gas had ended.

He said: “We are in contact with different stakeholders to bring down the price, but until the problem with the outside world is not settled, this problem may exist.”

Alkozai hoped these issues may not prolong and would be resolved soon.


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