Gammanpila suggests solutions to fuel crisis


Pivithuru Hela Urumaya Leader, MP Udaya Gammanpila proposed a ban on the use of all cars and jeeps with engine capacities greater than 2,000 CC to manage the fuel crisis.

Some supercars, he claims, get four to five kilometres per litre of fuel, whereas a three-wheeler gets 25 to 30 kilometres.

“In other words, the fuel used by a luxury car can only run for a day, whereas a three-wheeler can run for an entire week,” he explained.

Speaking to the media yesterday (15) he said he is publicising proposals submitted to Cabinet on managing the fuel crisis when he was Energy Minister because they were ignored back then.

He also commented on the Government’s decision which declared a special holiday on 13 June and every Friday due to the fuel crisis.

“We cannot overcome this crisis by not working. We have to work harder. A public servant now works eight hours per week, five days per week, for a total of 40 hours. Those hours can be covered by working 10 hours per day for four days.

Alternatively, you can change the circulars and computerise all of the paperwork and come to office three days a week and work the other two days from home,” he explained.

The other proposals were to allow the public to submit applications via email and WhatsApp and reduce transport time by transferring public servants to workplaces as close to their homes.

“Schoolchildren can reduce fuel consumption by 40 per cent by attending school three days a week and spending the other two days online. Hybridise educational activities so that children who are unable to attend school due to a lack of fuel can participate in the day’s lessons via Zoom,” he said.

He also noted that using zoom to conduct all meetings in the Government and private sector can save not only fuel but also time spent on the road.

“The implementation of flexible duty hours in many parts of the world has the potential to reduce traffic congestion and fuel waste. For example, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., everyone must be in the office for five hours,” he claimed.

According to Gammanpila, this will avoid massive traffic jams caused by all of the office workers arriving and departing at the same time, and the amount of fuel wasted due to traffic congestion is approximately 10 per cent.

“Seat-less buses for short-distance travel should be introduced. Riding in a single bus can increase the number of passengers while decreasing fuel consumption. I am starting a public relations campaign to promote the use of bicycles for short distances,” he said.

By Thameenah Razeek


  1. These are very good. Add another one: only numbers ending with an odd or even digit can enter roads on a particular day. Apply all vehicles except ambulances and transporting essential goods.

  2. These measures should have been implemented few months back. In fact the country does not need high end luxury vehicles at all.
    The parliamentarians must take the lead and share rides or cut down on luxury vehicle use. The issue will be resolved overnight.
    Noted trishaws lined up miles. Where do they go and whom do they transport? Park the trishaw at home and get down to agriculture. Sri Lanka wake up.

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