Home / News/ Minister Ranatunga promises action against filling stations

Minister Ranatunga promises action against filling stations

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Tuesday, 14 November 2017 00:00

Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga promised action against filling stations that showed an artificial shortage of diesel and stopped issuing petrol during the country’s recent fuel crisis.

Responding to a supplementary question, Minister Ranatunga told Parliament yesterday that investigations were proceeding regarding complaints received and action would soon be taken against the filling stations, which were trying hard to defame the Government.

“We have called for reports on instances where an artificial shortage of diesel was showcased. None of the filling stations in the country ran out of diesel. On the other hand, certain filling stations, which had ample stocks of petrol, stopped sales, putting consumers in difficulty,” he said.

According to the Minister, the possibilities are now being explored of increasing the stock, maintaining the capacity of certain filling stations located in areas with the highest number of motor vehicles. “We understand that there is congestion still in certain areas. But we have looked into the aspect of increasing stocks at filling stations,” he added.

On 15 October a ship containing petrol brought down by Lanka IOC failed two tests and was rejected due to quality issues. Worsening the matter, a regular supply vessel transporting petrol to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) reached Sri Lankan waters on 9 November even though the particular tanker was supposed to call over on 2 November. 

The situation was worsened with the Sapugaskanda oil refinery unable to operate further, with it being shut down for urgent repairs. Addressing Parliament recently, the Minister stated that rumours had created panic among consumers where everybody was looking at stocking up on petrol and the increased demand from 2,500 MT per day to 3,700 MT had led people to line up in front of filling stations even though the CPC had enough stocks for several days. (AH)

Share This Article


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

Finishing the job of ending poverty in South Asia

Thursday, 18 October 2018

“I have a four-year-old son back in my village. I want to make a better life for him,” says Sharmin Akhtar, a 19-year-old employee in one of Dhaka’s many flourishing garment factories. Like thousands of other poor women, Sharmin came down to B

Depreciating rupee: Avoiding a money-go-round

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Sri Lanka’s excessive reliance on foreign capital to finance investment under favourable external financial conditions is now leading to disruptions, as those conditions change in a decisive interest rate tightening phase in the United States. As U

Responsible water stewardship in Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Unlike many of our regional neighbours, Sri Lanka is blessed with an abundant water table. However, many companies do not feel the full value of this precious resource due to the limited regulation and monitoring of fresh water extraction for busines

Economy in disarray, banks flourishing; can this be true?

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

It is earlier reported that the growth in bank credit accelerated in August despite the tight credit and money conditions and rising non-performing loans in the banking sector. It is further reported that the year-on-year (YoY) growth in credit accel

Columnists More