There have been over 13 Afs increase ($0.17) increase in every liter of gasoline and diesel in Kabul markets over the last three weeks despite hurdles in the way of fuel import have been removed.
Drivers and Kabul residents said the Ministry of Industry and Commerce has “no control” over the prices and is not monitoring the local markets, something that has provided the ground for the price hike.
The prices went up unprecedently following a massive fire in the country’s western border town of Islam Qala, leaving hundreds of trucks damaged, as well as following the closure of two main routes to the northern borders from where gas and fuel are imported. However, the Islam Qala customs office has resumed its activities and the highways that were closed by protesters have been reopened to traffic over the last week.
The price for one liter of gasoline has increased to 48 Afs (0.62) from 35 Afs ($0.45) earlier this month. Gas prices also went up, but it has reduced a bit.
Drivers said the high price of fuel has created many problems for them as they cannot afford their needs.
“Here, everyone decides on their own. It buys (fuel) at one price but sells it at the price that he chooses. The government is not monitoring them,” said Mohammad, a taxi driver in Kabul.
“The prices are different between 3 to 5 Afs from one fuel pump,” said Mohammad Afzal, a Kabul resident.
Kabul residents said that the import of low-quality fuel has also increased following the rise in prices.
“We don’t know what the government is doing. The problems are too many,” said Hashmatullah, a Kabul resident.
The Ministry of Industry and Commerce said that they have warned against increasing fuel prices a week ago.
“Mobile teams of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce are monitoring the market to control the prices,” a spokesman for the ministry, Fawad Ahmadi, said.