ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has suspended fuel distribution at 12 filling stations that had failed to follow the guidelines of implementing the QR code system for fuel sales, Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara said.
The decision was made during a progress review with the marketing division of the state run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC).
“Instructions were given to continuously monitor the stations and to submit complaints received by the public to the relevant police stations,” Wijesekara said.
Wijesekara had previously lodged a complaint with the CID to investigate CPC and CPSTL activities.
Since the implementation of the QR code system in early August, the authorities have been on the lookout for individuals who break the guidelines set by the Ministry. A contact number to send in evidence of rule breaking was provided for the public, and police have been carrying out investigations to identify and take actions against hoarders.
The Energy Ministry has been tweaking the system to enable businesses to register multiple vehicles under one phone number, and periodic maintenance activities are being carried out on the site.
Wijesekara has said that fuel quotas will be amended if necessary.
Authorities have said that any person engaged in black market activities will be fined and jailed.
As of Thursday August 17 nearly 6 million users had signed up with the QR code, and a little over 99 million liters of fuel had been consumed. (Colombo/Aug19/2022)