Gas is expected to be supplied to workers in the military industrial zone in Daegwan-gun, North Pyongan Province, at the state price from next year. Currently, they are purchased at a high market price, but it is expected that the burden of gas purchase will be reduced as the authorities are building a gas supply infrastructure dedicated to workers in the Daegwan Military Industrial Zone.
On the 2nd, a Daily NK source in North Pyongan Province said, “We are increasing the number of gas filling stations and gas supply stations under the Daegwan-gun Gas Refueling Office to exclusively supply household gas and commuter bus gas for employees of the Daegwan-gun military industry sector launch, shooting range, and testing laboratory and their families. Construction is in progress in the area according to the instructions of the Korean Party Central Committee,” he said.
According to the source, there are two additional gas filling stations and one gas supply station to be built, and North Korea is currently planning to build facilities that can refuel one bus per hour at these gas filling stations.
If a dedicated gas filling station and gas supply station are built in the Daegwan Military Industrial Zone, where testing laboratories, launch sites, and testing sites are densely concentrated under the direction of the Party Central Committee, it is expected that household gas and gas for commuting to and from industrial zones will be supplied at the state price from next year.
In a situation where the demand for gas for cooking and heating at home is increasing, the source said that if gas can be purchased at a national price lower than the market price, the household burden on the workers in the Daegwan Military Industrial Zone will be greatly reduced.
This is a glimpse into the special interest and consideration of the North Korean authorities for the workers in the Daegwan Military Industrial Zone.
The source said, “The military industry secretary of the North Pyongan Province Party Committee came down to the site to carry out the instructions of the Party Central Committee. We are also promoting the early supply of 15 kg of household gas every quarter to 1,200 researchers and workers in the district.”
As workers in the Daegwan Military Industrial Zone, the only military base in North Pyongan Province that can only be accessed by issuing a separate approval number, are expected to benefit from the gas purchase, there is a cheering atmosphere among the parties.
A source said, “The Daegwan Military Industrial Zone is as important as Yongbyon, and it is true that it has been relatively neglected. This is the same as getting the employees of the military industrial zone to be treated as executives,” he explained.
However, it is also known that there is a mixed reaction that ‘food distribution takes precedence over gas supply’. In response, the source added, some residents say that they can buy gas at the state price and sell the gas at the market price when there is not enough food through ration alone, and use the remaining money to buy kernels, the source added.
An actual source said, “Only ‘gas restaurants’ (personal sellers who take over gas and retail) in Daegwan-gun are satisfied. They are saying that they will hand over gas and buy rice at the market.”
Meanwhile, the source said, “The budget for the construction of this gas filling station and gas supply station was allocated with funds from the North Pyongan Province Party.” While ratifying this project, the central party took the lead in taking responsibility for the military industry secretaries from all over the country, and workers in the special military industry zone in the province. He also urged them to focus their efforts on solving water, fire, and rice issues.”
Source: DailyNK by www.dailynk.com.
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