Contaminated CPC fuel:UNP calls for investigation
Problem over, says government


by Lal Gunesekera

Minister of Petroleum Resources Susil Premajayantha said that the problems relating to petroleum contamination, which mostly affected motor cycles and three wheelers, had been sorted out’ and no further complaints had been received.

He told The Island on Friday (01) that 20,000 tons of refined fuel had been bought urgently and by the time that it reached the filling stations their tanks were empty. The fuel may have mixed with the residue at the bottom of the tanks causing problems for motorists.

Minister Premajayantha said that in some instances there could have been water leakages. He said that steps had been taken to inspect every bowser that left Kolonnawa and Muthurajawela.

New stocks of refined fuel had been received on June 30 and after their release to the markt, no complaints of contamination had been received, he said.

Minister Premajayantha said that an inquiry had been launched into the complaints received by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and samples of fuel from filling stations that made complaints of contamination had been tested.

UNP’s National List Parliamentarian Harsha De Silva told The Island that the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) should have inquired into this matter and that it was not too late even now.

The UNP MP said that there were various allegations against the Petroleum Corporation and its officials including fraud that had not being inquired into.

He said that the PUC should probe those matters and put the public’s mind at ease. He said that he did not know whether the PUC had the authority to investigate such matters and that the government had to take the blame for the sorry state of affairs.

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