Lone fuel station addresses commuter woes
With a new fuel station stationed in Tingtibi, commuters can now avail the facility to refuel their vehicles without having to travel either to Zhemgang or Panbang, which had the nearest fuel stations till now.
Druk Petroleum Corporation Limited stationed the fuel station in April last year. It provides refueling services to the residents of Tingtibi as well as travelers who can save fuel and time by foregoing the 35km from Tingtibi to Zhemgang and more than 70km to Nganglam.
As the route is commonly used by truckers ferrying cement from Dungsam Cement Corporation Limited to Trongsa for Mangdechhu Hydropwer Project, the truckers could now refuel at the station during emergencies. More than 200 trucks use the road daily.
Without a fuel station nearby earlier, commuters used to face difficulties to refuel.
“It is a welcome development for the people of Tingtibi. We have been waiting for this a long time back. We can now save time and cost to refuel our vehicles,” said a businessman in Tingtibi.
Till now, people had been buying fuel like petrol and diesel from nearby shops in case of emergencies. They also resorted to storing fuel.
Though truckers refuel their vehicles either in Nganglam or Trongsa; at times, their commuting used to be cut short when fuel exhausted. Not anymore though.
Dawa Lepcha, 31, a regular cement carrier, said that with the new station, the drivers can avail necessary services during emergencies. He narrates an incident when he was stuck halfway through. “Now, we can refuel from here. Back then, we used to carry fuel in our vehicles.”
The fuel station has also eased problems of refueling machineries for nearby construction companies. These companies buy fuel in stock up to 4,000l at once.
The Station In-charge, Man Bdr. Rai, said that vehicles visiting the fuel station are increasing daily. Since the station is installed recently, he said that people might be unaware that it exists and still travel to Zhemgang for refueling. “But once they come to know, everyone nearby Tingtibi and travelling on this road will come,” he said.
At present, more than 50 vehicles stop at the station to refuel in a month.
The In-charge also said that Tingtibi was in dire need of a fuel station with increasing economic activities and higher living standards. “Now vehicles are a necessity and not having a fuel station would pose problems.”