Jaffna District Secretary K. Mahesan met divisional secretaries, SLTB General Manager for Northern Province, General Manager of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CEYPETCO) for the Northern Province, and fuel shed owners in the District at the District Secretariat to discuss the fuel supply in the Jaffna District.
Fuel distribution in the Jaffna District has begun under the QR system and after observing it for one week, the possibilities of distributing fuel at Divisional Secretariat Division level will be explored, according to Mahesan.
It was decided during the discussion to issue fuel from the SLTB fuel sheds with the recommendation from relevant divisional secretaries to persons who are travelling to the BIA and those who are going to Colombo for medical and other purposes. Those vehicles can get 40 litres of fuel according to the QR system and the remaining 60 litres can be obtained from the SLTB fuel sheds in the area with approval from the relevant Divisional Secretary, the District Secretary said.
The SLTB has agreed to distribute fuel in this manner to vehicles transporting vegetables. It was also decided to distribute fuel to vehicles engaging in school service, private buses, vehicles belonging to the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB), Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), and Telecom vehicles from the SLTB fuel sheds, he said.
Even though it was also discussed to close the fuel sheds after 5:00 p.m., owing to certain practical issues, the fuel shed owners can take decisions in consultation with relevant Divisional Secretaries. Fuel shed owners must inform vehicle owners of their refuelling capacity, District Secretary Mahesan added.
By Naalir Jamaldeen