Fuel imports to be restricted in next 12 months due to forex issues - Minister

Due to Forex issues, fuel imports has to be restricted in the next 12 months, Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said yesterday.

He said the QR system was introduced since the daily fuel demand cannot be fulfilled.

“CPC has never distributed Fuel daily to every single Fuel Station. Practically not Possible even when stocks are unlimited” he tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Power and Energy Ministry issuing a media release said the National Fuel Pass will be implemented islandwide from today in Multiple locations at CEYPETCO & LIOC.

The system will be in place with the Last Digit of Number Plate. Stations not equipped or have technical difficulties will follow the last digit and fuel quota allocation.

Around 60 percent of the fuel stations have been equipped & tested and will be given a priority in fuel distribution.

The ministry requested all fuel station owners at CEYPETCO & LIOC to adopt the system immediately & distribution will be strictly enforced to fuel stations with the QR facilities only by Monday, August 1, 2022.

“We request the public to register with National Fuel Pass & Support the initiative. More options will be given to users to register multiple vehicles with their business registration by the end of the week and to Government institutes to register vehicles. Divisional secretaries will be given access to the platform to register generators, gardening equipment and other equipment that requires fuel. Police Department and Divisional secretaries will be given access to register three wheelers, allocating each three wheeler to one specific fuel station. The Ministry of Transport will be given access to register Busses allocating them to depots or fuel stations accordingly. Other services such as Health, Agriculture, Fisheries, Tourism, Industries & Service providing sectors will be given access to the system to register their requirements and allocation of vehicles at fuel stations. From the 1st of August only the QR system based quota will be in place & the last digit of the number plate system and other allocations will be invalid. Further, National Youth Corps, National Youth Service Council members and volunteers will assist the program at fuel stations in the next 10 days” the Ministry added.

by Daily News Sri Lanka

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