Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera today assured the continuous supply of auto and super diesel stocks to all 1,190 filling stations from this evening.
Speaking in Parliament, Minister Wijesekera said however due to the current dollar crisis, only a limited number of stocks of petrol will be issued for essential requirements today and tomorrow.
The Minister said they have received adequate stocks of diesel and commenced distribution yesterday.
Minister Wijesekera said he is currently holding discussions with suppliers to improve the procurement process.
He said due to lack of dollars, they are unable to secure the release of certain shipments.
The Energy Minister said since the 28th of March, a ship carrying petrol is in Sri Lankan waters, however due to lack of funds, they are unable to obtain the stock.
The Minister said a total of USD 53 million is required to be paid for fuel stocks obtained from the same supplier previously.
Minister Wijesekera said they are hoping to secure the release of the stock of petrol today or tomorrow.
Minister Kanchana Wijesekera noted that the Ministry of Finance is currently sourcing funds.
He said the limited stocks available at present in the country will be released to run ambulances and vehicles engaged in essential services.
The Minister added it will take at least three days from Friday for the distribution of petrol to return to normalcy.
He said therefore the public should not stay in queues at filling stations.
Minister Wijesekera noted they made similar requests in the past few days and acknowledged that several persons including three-wheeler drivers are severely burdened by the current crisis.
The Minister also noted that certain persons are hoarding petrol, creating demand and then selling it for a higher price.
Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera said they are taking all efforts to resolve the current crisis and therefore requested the support of the public to achieve the goal.