Fuel queues to ease soon – Kanchana

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The Ministry of Power and Energy is confident that fuel queues will gradually reduce as fuel stocks will arrive in the country in the next three days.

Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera said diesel and petrol stocks are expected to arrive  within the next three days, and that sufficient stocks  of diesel, super diesel, petrol 92 and 95, as well as crude oil, will be available.

“Fuel queues, which have been ongoing for months, appear to be gradually decreasing. A 24- hour operational centre comprising affiliates, the Sri Lanka Army, the
Sri Lanka Air Force, Police, Railways Department, and other stakeholders has been established to expedite fuel distribution. I recently attended a meeting at the Kolonnawa Oil Storage Headquarters to discuss future distribution plans,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Minister recently met representatives of the Petrol Station Owners’ Association and the Petrol Tank Bowser Transport Association.

“Steps must be taken to increase efficiency, such as ordering on time, streamlining the ordering process, being aware of filling station stock reports both in the morning and in the afternoon, accelerating delivery through three continuous trials and depots, and deploying more filling station staff at more pumps,” he said. Several decisions were made in this regard, he added.

BY Thameenah Razeek