Rawat, Humla, Oct. 2: The number of people using cooking gas has been on the
sharp rise although the Himalayan district is yet to be connected to the
national road network.
Shahi, a local of Sarkegarda, center of the Sarkegard Rural Municipality, said that
out of 170 households in the locality, 150 have started using liquified petroleum
(LP) gas for cooking. There were only 15 households using the gas till a few
the lack of regularity of the electricity supply and difficulty in getting firewood
had attracted consumers to using the cooking gas.
using LP gas is cheaper as well which has also lured people to use it, he
of LP gas costs 4,500 at Sarkegard, where the gas is transported by donkeys for
half an hour from the highway.
only 4,000 at Piplang, the center of Salisalla and Changkheli RM, where it is
transported by vehicle.
of Simkot, the district headquarters, said that over 220 households have
started using LP gas now as the price of a cylinder has decreased to 6,500 from
14,000 till six months ago. Only 20 households were using gas till that time.
Shahi, a gas merchant in Simkot, said the number of households using cooking
gas has increased by ten folds compared to the number six months ago.
I used to
bring in and sell about 15 cylinders a month then, now I need to manage some 60
cylinders a month, he said.