Fuel crisis hampers transport of essential imports

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The distribution of imported essential goods across the country has been hampered because lorries are not receiving enough fuel on time.

Chairman of the All Ceylon Container Transport Owners Association Sanath Manjula said the lack of a proper mechanism for sourcing fuel is to blame. He noted that distributing essential items could endanger lives because the majority of the people are suffering from the want of food and that this situation could further aggravate the crisis.

He also said their association normally operates around 6,000 lorries but the number has been reduced to 2,000 due to the fuel crisis. He highlighted that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has paid attention to their need for a refuelling mechanism and assigned two fuel filling stations in Peliyagoda.

However, Manjula also stressed that he saw the general public refuelling from filling stations designated for lorries.

When asked what they would do if the Government did not take appropriate measures, he said that they are not prepared to engage in trade union action anytime soon given the current state of the country.

“We strongly urge the Government to establish a proper mechanism. This could exacerbate the crisis,” he said.

By Thameenah Razeek