SHAN STATE- It is reported that in Hsi Hseng Township, the border of Southern Shan State and Karenni State, if someone wants to buy gasoline in a container, an approval letter from the township administrator is needed, reported the locals.
Starting December 5, people have to get an approval letter from the township administrator to buy gasoline in a gallon container, stated a local woman of Hsi Hseng.
“In our township, not many people buy gasoline in gallon containers. They only buy it if needed for the tractors and millers. They buy one gallon at a time and don’t buy a lot. There are hardly any buyers who store gasoline,” he said.
The resident also expressed his opinion that the sale of gasoline only with the ward administrator’s letter was done by the military council since they wanted to prevent fuel from being transported to Karenni State.
In Hsi Hseng Township, many people have been fleeing the war these days.
To prevent the transport of fuel oil from southern Shan State to Karenni, the Military Council issued a warning to fuel oil companies in Southern Shan and asked them to sign an agreement on December 1 not to sell gasoline in gallon containers (or barrels).
Hsi Hseng town is adjacent to Hopone but the price of gasoline is about twice higher in Hsi Hseng. A litre of 92 Octane is only around 2,300 kyats in Hopone township, but one has to pay 4,000 kyats in Hsi Hseng, stated the locals.