Protesters block roads urging gas supplies


Protesters blocked the 138 bus route for more than nine hours along the  High Level Road at the Nawinna Junction which erupted into a heated situation yesterday (8).

The conflict arose when one side demanded that protesters leave and the road be opened. Police attempted to bring the situation under control and reopen the road but protesters recommenced their protest by blocking the road from Nawinna Junction demanding gas.

A protest was also seen last evening obstructing the Slave Island. Colombo main road demanding LP Gas.

Meanwhile, according to Litro Lanka Chairman, Vijitha Herath, a tanker carrying gas is scheduled to arrive by next Wednesday.

Payment for two gas shipments are expected to be made today (9). USD 7 million will be paid for the two ships, each carrying 3,500 metric tons  of gas.

The ships are said to be arriving from Oman and one has already arrived in the Maldives.

Meanwhile, Litro announced that it had decided to borrow USD 120 million from the Indian loan facility to purchase gas. In addition, the Chairman stated that Sri Lanka would receive USD 70 million in World Bank assistance for gas supply.

Litro Chairman said, steps will be taken to address the current gas shortage.

BY Thameenah Razeek