Gammanpila proposes 10-point short term solution for fuel crisis


Former Minister MP Udaya Gammanpila today (16) presented 10 short-term solutions for the ongoing fuel crisis in Sri Lanka.

Speaking at a media briefing held at the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya media briefing held this morning, Gammanpila presented the solutions to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister.

The proposal focuses on using fuel sparingly, and although previously tabled to the Cabinet in January, it had failed to be implemented.

Listed below are the 10 short-term solutions;

  • A temporary ban on operating cars and jeeps with over 2000 CC engines, as they consume more fuel
  • Introduce a four or three-day working week, allowing employees to work from home for the rest of the work week
  • Digitalize all services of government offices, facilitating the public to send their applications through email and/or WhatsApp, to prevent the public from travelling to various government offices
  • Minimize the transportation needs of public servants by making transfers to workplaces close to their residencies
  • School academic activities to be conducted for three days per week, with the remaining two days being conducted via online classes
  • Hybridize educational activities so that children who are unable to attend school due to lack of fuel can join the day’s lessons through Zoom technology
  • All private organizations to conduct meetings via zoom or other online platforms
  • Introduce flexi-hours similar to other nations to reduce traffic congestion
  • Introduce buses without seats for short-distance journeys
  • Introduce a programme to promote cycling