Jul 02, 2018

Fuel shortage feared as private tank owners strike Featured

Private petroleum tank owners are refraining from transporting fuel since last night (01), according to secretary of their association Shantha de Silva.

They are protesting against petroleum minister Arjuna Ranatunga’s failure to respond to their requests for an increase in transportation fees in line with the fuel price hike and for the implementation of a fuel pricing formula.

Their talks with CPC authorities and other trade unions also ended without agreement, he said.

There shouldn’t be undue fears

Meanwhile, the CPC says in a statement that there should be no undue fears about a fuel shortage.

Its deputy general manager (marketing) W.M.K.R.B. Wickremasinghe says in the statement issued yesterday that adequate stocks will be made available at CPC-owned filling stations, and that fuel distribution is taking place smoothly.

He says falsehoods by various persons are intended to disturb public life, adding that legal action will be considered against the perpetrators.