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09 January 2012 :: 14:01:58 pm 61183

NGV/LPG fuel price hike to proceed as planned

BANGKOK, Jan 9 -- Deputy Prime Minister/Commerce Minister Kittiratt Na Ranong on Monday insisted that the price hikes for natural gas for vehicles (NGV) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) fuels will proceed as planned next week January 16, saying no attempted 'mob rule' pressure on the government will meet the protesters' demands.
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Mr Kittiratt told reporters after meeting with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who met urgently with Energy Minister Pichai Naripthaphan, Permanent-Secretary for Energy Norkhun Sittipong and PTT Chief Executive Officer and President Pailin Chuchottaworn following protests by transport entrepreneurs.

Operators of trucks, private-joint city buses, taxis and passenger pickup trucks gathered at PTT headquarters, Royal Plaza and Government House, demanding that the government review and postpone increasing the price of NGV fuel until next year.

The protests have caused a traffic jam on Vibhavadi Road and around Government House.

Mr Kittiratt, who is also deputy chairman of the National Energy Policy Committee, told the media after the 35-minute meeting that he wanted to adhere with the cabinet resolution on Oct 4, 2011 on NGV/LPG price hike.

The premier said that the government should comply with the cabinet resolution, he said, adding that any revision of the cabinet resolution could only be done under certain procedures.

For any change, the cabinet must return the policy to National Energy Policy Committee which would reconsider and resubmit it to the cabinet for consideration, Mr Kittiratt said.

He said he did not know whether the resolution would be revised or not.

The deputy prime minister stated clearly that any solution of the problem should be sought through discussion, not by pressuring the government with protests and causing difficulty to the public.

Mr Kittiratt added he was worried if the protesters intensified their protest because he did not want the public to be affected by the protest.

He urged the protesters to submit a protest letter and hold talks to find a solution but not the use ‘mob rule’ and demand the answer they wanted from the government.

Under the cabinet resolution of Oct 4, 2011, the NGV price would rise, step by step, by 50 satang/kg every month and at the end of 2012 would stay at Bt14.50/kg from the present Bt8.50/kg, a 70 per cent hike.

The government would also increase the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to Bt16.06/litre from the current Bt11.14/litre.

Meanwhile, Land Transport Federation of Thailand Chairman Yoo Chienyuenyongpong said his group would intensify their protest by blocking one or two more lanes on outbound Vibhavadi Road after already shut down its parallel road.

The group would block PTT Plc’s NGV master terminal at Saraburi, Pathum Thani, and Kon Kaen with trucks, he said, adding that if there was no positive reaction from the government, the private joint city buses would also halt their services.

Mr Yoo said his protesting group is ready to negotiate with the government and if there is a clear appointment to discuss finding a joint solution with the government, the protesters would disperse.

Report by : MCOT

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