Sri Lanka to implement new method to facilitate fuel supply for essential services
With Sri Lanka facing a fuel shortage, arrangements are being made to launch a new program to speed up the provision of fuel for essential services, according to an official from the state’s home ministry. A draft application form for obtaining fuel has been prepared and it will be given to those providing essential services after further study, Colombo Page quoted a spokesperson from the state interior ministry as saying.
The senior official said the aim was to free up fuel for essential services without the people providing it having to queue. The report said the Department of Energy asked the state Department of the Interior to help monitor fuel dispensing activities at gas stations.
Accordingly, inquiries will be made with relevant government officials in charge of relevant areas to find out if fuel is available for essential services, according to the report. The official said after that, priority will be given to providing fuel to those providing essential services but not receiving fuel.
The Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has asked people to buy only the required amount of fuel as sufficient stocks of fuel have been supplied to filling stations, according to Colombo Page. CPC Chairman Sumith Wijesinghe said the government is considering formulating a fuel distribution system in the future if there are reports of unnecessary fuel storage by the public, according to the report. (ANI)
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