ECONOMYNEXT – As public movement increases in Sri Lanka as schools and universities reopen, the country is again experiencing lengthy queues outside petrol stations, after queues first eased following the implementation of the National Fuel Pass from August 1.
For several months, long queues stretching for miles outside drop-off stations were seen across the country as Sri Lanka failed to secure adequate fuel supplies due to severe shortage of foreign exchange amid the worst economic crisis in history after Sri Lanka’s independence.
But with the advent of the QR code-enabled fuel pass system, the Department of Energy and Energy has been able to ensure a smoother supply of fuel on a quota basis, minimizing fuel queues. waiting.
As of August 23, more than six million vehicles have registered with the QR system.
However, with the reopening of schools and universities from August 22, the queues seem to have reappeared on Thursday August 25.
Petrol stations in Colombo which are affiliated with Sri Lanka’s major fuel distributors, the state-owned CEYPETCO and Lanka IOC, a local unit of the Indian Oil Corporation, said when asked about the fuel queue situation. expectation, that delays in the arrival of ordered fuel stocks were the main reason. for vehicle lines.
“We have been closed since yesterday afternoon,” a CEYPETCO station in Malabe told EconomyNext on Thursday, August 25.
“The stocks we ordered haven’t arrived yet.”
Several petrol stations in the Colombo area reportedly placed barriers around premises and pumped limited quantities of fuel to customers due to depleted supplies.
Queues formed Thursday in front of several gas stations despite their closure due to lack of fuel in stock.
Meanwhile, Energy and Power Minister Kanachana Wijesekara had tweeted on Tuesday August 23 that a 30,000 metric ton cargo of diesel was to be unloaded on Wednesday and a crude oil ship would arrive later this tuesday.
A shipment of automotive diesel was scheduled to arrive on August 25 or 26, while a shipment of 92 octane gasoline is expected to arrive between August 27 and 29.
State-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) was unavailable to comment on the newly formed lineups. (Colombo/August 25, 2022)