Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament that two
ships carrying petroleum products would come from India and reach Colombo port
on November Ninth. The shipments will
help to relieve the acute petrol shortage the island nation has been facing for
the past one week the prime minister said
He told the Sri Lankan Parliament that President Sri Sena and I discussed the
issue of petrol shortage with Indian High Commissioner and he promised us that
the two ships would be here by Nov. 09.
The Prime Minister was responding to the criticism of a section of the
opposition who blamed the Indian oil corporation for not sending in the
supplies in time. Indian Oil Corporation has a tie up with Ceylon Petroleum
Referring to the demand of the Opposition the Prime minister recalled that
way back in 2003, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation had found that it could not
repair the Trincomalee oil tank farm. Indian companies expressed their
willingness to do that.
There were also charges by a section of the opposition against leasing the
oil tank farm to India in 2003. If it had been a wrong move, the successive
governments after 2003 could have rectified it, the PM said. "Why didnít
you do so? We wonít heed the calls for shutting down IOC operations here."
the prime minister asserted.
The Prime Minister was obviously referring to the demand by the supporters
of former President Mahinda Rajapakshe that oil tank farms should not be given
During the course of the discussions in the Parliament on the petroleum
crisis, JVP Leader Dissanayake said there is a procedure to be followed when
fuel imports are resorted to from foreign countries. He alleged that five
shipments of petrol have been imported in contravention of the procedure. In
the process the country has suffered a massive loss and he estimated it at
around forty million US Dollars
The Trincomalee oil tanks were given to a Indian Oil Company. Our party was
opposed to move. Our concerns were not heeded. Now you see the result, the
country is facing a severe shortage of petrol, he said.