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Long queues formed at petrol stations across the country

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera has suspended the license of 3 fuel bowsers belonging to state run CEYPETCO and Indian subsidiary Lanka IOC after some videos in social media of unloading fuel directly from bowsers on roads went viral.

The videos circulated in the social media which showed a fuel bowser belonging to the two firms unloading fuel and supplying into cans to private vehicles.

“License of 3 Fuel trucks have been suspended immediately by CEYPETCO and LIOC pending further investigations into the 3 Incidents reported on social media on fuel transport trucks illegally unloading fuel” Minister Wijesekera said in his twitter platform.

The Lanka IOC in a twitter message said that strict action in line with the prevalent guidelines has been initiated against the concerned transporter, who unloaded fuel from the bowser in capital Colombo.

Due to the severe fuel crisis in the country, Sri Lankan authorities have taken measures to limit the amount of fuel for private vehicles, and banned fuel hoarding as well as supplying in cans.

Sri Lanka has seen a booming black market for fuel at higher prices around the country amid acute shortage of fuel since April this year. (Colombo/ June 18/2022)

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