ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has requested the parliament’s Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) to summon officials of state-run Litro Gas Lanka Ltd to explain why cooking gas was not distributed on Wednesday (18) as promised.
“Despite assurance being provided by Litro Gas that gas would be unloaded yesterday via lorries, it has not happened. I have instructed the Chairman to provide an immediate explanation. I have also requested that COPE summons Litro officials as well,” Wickremesinghe tweeted Thursday (19) morning.
Shortages in liquid petroleum (LP) gas which is widely used in Sri Lanka for cooking has led to long queues that stretch for hundres of metres around the country.
Litro Gas said on Wednesday that it would start distributing 80,000 cylinders per day from Thursday (19) after unloading two shipments of 3,700 metric tonnes each from Oman.
Angry consumers have started street protests on a daily basis by blocking roads demanding cooking gas after waiting in queues for days. Litro has stopped distribution as it did not have dollars to import new stocks, the company said. (Colombo/May19/2022)