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Sri Lanka: Fuel supply is regularized, Reduced fuel prices

Willing to convey the benefit of the recent fuel price reduction to commuters, only if the fuel supply is regularized to operate at least 50% of the buses from their total fleet

COLOMBO

Yesterday, the Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) chairman Gemunu Wijeratne said that they are ready to convey the benefit of the recent fuel price reduction to commuters, only if the fuel supply is regularized to operate at least 50% of the buses from their total fleet. http://fuelpass.gov.lk.

Addressing the media, he said that compared to the recent fuel price reduction, we are ready to pass on the benefit to commuters, based on the provisions of the national policy and according the price formula.

“We cannot give that benefit while waiting in long queues to pump diesel from SLTB depots.

We have to wait in queues for at least three days to get 40, 70, or 90 litres of diesel,” Wijeratne said.
We only receive 5% of diesel from SLTB depots and 95% is not supplied, he said.

Therefore, we had to discuss the matter with the Power and Energy Minister and Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) chairman and make arrangements to streamline the supply of fuel.

With a limited number of private buses operating these buses are always overcrowded and are subject to breakdowns and passengers’ lives to are at risk .

At this critical juncture, we cannot take them for repairs. Therefore, there is a need for a proper mechanism to supply fuel directly from CPC filling stations.

“We cannot operate even 50% of our total fleet with the supplied fuel through the SLTB depots. With this current fuel crisis, an average of 15 and 10% of private buses are in operation within a period of the past one month, “Wijeratne said.

He said a maximum of only 3,000 buses were operated daily for a period of the past one month and a minimum of 1,000 buses. Also, there were instances when only 500 buses were on the roads at certain times.

3000 buses could be operated if diesel is supplied through SLTB depots. At least 600,000 litres of diesel should be supplied to keep 50% of buses on the roads, which is between 6,000 and 6,500 buses.

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