Fuel transport by train to be doubled
A policy decision has been taken to increase, by 30 per cent, the transport of fuel by train. The Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Ltd. (CPSTL) has paid over Rs 135.7 million to the Railway Department for the transportation of fuel during the first four months of this year.
Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila has also drawn attention to the high cost of fuel distribution by bowsers, pollution and traffic congestion. Accordingly, a policy decision was taken to increase the fuel transport which stood at 30 per cent to 60 per cent. Due to the increase in the use of trains, for fuel distribution, to 38 per cent, the Railway Department has been paid over Rs 135 million as transport charges. Also, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and the CPSTL have saved close to Rs 68.3 million in the first four months. (BGS & TR)