Fuel transport guidelines issued

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Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said fuel transportation guidelines have been issued to prevent fuel scarcity.

The Ministry intends to increase the capacity and frequency of fuel carried by railway fuel transport wagons to rural depots from 40 per cent to 100 per cent.

He has advised that the new licence issuing process be shortened to one week rather than one month.

The Ministry has also taken steps to provide separate fuel distribution terminals for bowsers owned by filling stations and prioritising trips to other fuel stations.

“Annul the operation licences of transporters who fail to report for duty within the next two days, and take legal action against those who obstruct others who volunteer to do fuel distribution work”, he said.

It was decided to increase the number of State-owned bowsers while also making necessary changes to the augmented private vehicles using a fixed-price formula and providing them with the necessary protection.

To meet the requirements, he advised conducting 24-hour monitoring operations to deliver fuel from the terminals.

BY Thameenah Razeek