The Ministry of Petroleum Industries has decided to impose restrictions when establishing filling stations.
Accordingly, in future approval will be granted to construct a new filling station in accordance with the survey report of the Faculty of Transportation and Engineering of the University of Moratuwa.
The Minister of Petroleum Industries Susil Premajayantha stated that as at present the ministry has received the relevant report while it is scheduled to be presented to the Board of Directors of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation next week.
Speaking further the Minister pointed out that approval will be granted to construct filling stations in accordance with the contents of the relevant survey report.
As at present, more than 1,100 filling stations have been established island wide while a majority belong to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and are controlled by the Indian Oil Company.
Minister Susil Premajayantha stated that the new decision was taken with the objective of overcoming problematic issues which arose in the past when establishing filling stations.