The opposition alleges the government and the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka of spreading false statements, claiming that the country has USD 3.1 billion in foreign reserves.
Speaking during a media briefing today, Parliamentarian Kabir Hashim said all such statements have been proven to be false in the face of the prevalent power and fuel crises.
MP Hashim said the vessel which docked at the Colombo Port yesterday was carrying 40,000MT of diesel adding 6,500MT of diesel are needed for daily consumption.
The Parliamentarian said 5,000MT of fuel are required daily for travel requirements while 1,500MT are required by the Ceylon Electricity Board for power generation.
He said accordingly, the stock of fuel being unloaded today will only be sufficient for only seven days.
On a separate note, MP Kabir Hashim said the resumption of operations of the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery will cost an additional Rs. 100 million per month.
He said the country will face a shortage of furnace oil within the next week.
The MP said Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila must accept responsibility for the present situation.
MP Hashim said even if the government is able to source crude oil, it will take over 12-15 days for the refinery to resume regular operations.