July 04, Colombo: Petroleum Industries Minister of Sri Lanka Susil Premajayantha today has ordered officials to suspend, with immediate effect, the payment for the 20,000 metric tons of fuel allegedly of low quality imported to the country and distributed.
The Minister has held a special discussion at the Ministry of Petroleum Resources today and appointed a three-member committee to investigate the deal promptly and submit a report.
The investigation was launched following complaints received from several areas where motorcycles and three wheelers have stalled after pumping the alleged substandard fuel.
The Minister has said earlier that the fuel imported was not of low quality but the stock was mixed with the residues in the tanks in the respective filling stations and caused the problems.
However, Sri Lanka’s Marxist party Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) alleged that the Ministry had imported 20,000 tons of fuel without following the proper procedures.
The Ministry has opened several hotlines for the public to lodge complaints on the substandard fuel. Regional offices of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation will also receive complaints from the public, the Ministry said.
Meanwhile, the CPC officials have assured that quality of the oil released by the Kolonnawa petroleum complex is at the expected level as well as by the Muthurajawela storage, the state-run radio reported.