The Ceylon Petroleum Private Bowser Owners Association has decided to defer the decision taken earlier to refrain from fuel transportation services today and tomorrow.
Chairman of the association A M H Adhikari speaking to our news team stated that the Minister of Petroleum Industries Susil Premajayantha had agreed to provide upto 23% of the 30% rate hike that they had requested for.
However, he added that further discussions will be held this morning.
We spoke to the Ministry of Petroleum Industries regarding this matter.
A spokesman for the ministry stated that the minister had agreed to the rate hike.
He added that if the bowser owners do refrain from their services the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has taken necessary measures to curb any disruption to fuel distribution.
He also stated that the private bowser owners have a fleet of 160 vehicles which can be matched by the 75 owned by the CPC, 78 new entries and 50 owned by the army.
Speaking further the spokesman added that it is the ministry’s goal to distribute fuel during the festive season without any shortages.
Meanwhile, our reporters from several areas indicated that lengthy queues were seen at several filling stations around the island after the news of the impending strike was circulated.