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Tuesday, 31 July 2012 - 12:59
Busses stall due to contaminated diesel-Railway services affected
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Around 150 complaints have been received by the Ceylon Petroleum Cooperation with regards to stalled vehicles running on substandard diesel.

A senior spokesperson for the CPC speaking to our news team noted that these complaints had been received at the provincial arms of the CPC.

Around 40 complaints had been lodged with the CPC yesterday while the allegedly contaminated fuel samples have been sent to Dubai for detailed sampling.

Moreover 6 railway engines are said to have experienced various mechanical glitches owing to the consumption of contaminated diesel.

According to Minister of Transport Kumara Welgama train services were hampered today when 3 more engines operating on contaminated fuel had experienced setbacks.

In a bid to avoid a transportation calamity in the railway sector the department has taken steps to fuel locomotives with super grade diesel instead of standard issue diesel.

General Secretary of the All Ceylon Railway Employees General Union Sumathipala Manawadu speaking to our news team noted that train services

were severely hampered owing to the use of contaminated diesel.

Meanwhile Chairman of the Lanka Private Bus Owners Association Gamunu Wijerathna expressing his views to our news team stated that around 50 private buses had stalled which had operated on contaminated diesel supplies.

Meanwhile around 40 vehicles operating under the Department of Health had also stalled due being run on sub-standard diesel supplies.

A spokesperson for the ministry noted that notice had been issued to all workers attached to the ministry to refrain from utilizing fuel stored at the department's fuel depot.

Previously when the issue of contaminated petrol surfaced the Ceylon Petroleum

Cooperation took steps to offer compensation to those affected.

During a media briefing convened by the United National Party today, party General Secretary MP Thissa Aththanayeke expressed these views regarding contaminated diesel supplies, an issue which has re-surfaced with concern to a different grade of fuel at present.

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