Sri Lanka introduces fuel pass for orderly distribution: Energy Minister

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In a bid to provide fuel to the public in an orderly fashion amid its worst energy crisis, the Sri Lankan government has introduced fuel passes that will guarantee a weekly quota for each vehicle owner.

Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948. The country is unable to pay for its essential imports, fuel, food and medicine due to an acute foreign exchange crisis.

The public languishes in winding queues for fuel, cooking gas and suffers hours of power outages.

Today we introduced the National Fuel Pass. This will ensure a weekly quota for each vehicle, Energy and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara said after the initiative was launched on Saturday.

The National Fuel Pass was developed with the help of leading technology companies in Sri Lanka and the Institute of Communication and Information Technology (ICTA) at no cost to Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) or government, Colombo Page reported.

He said the public is invited to register on the fuel pass website fuelpass.gov.lk with their personal identification.

You can register for one vehicle for each ID card/passport or business registration certificate, he said.

According to officials, a person can register a vehicle under their national identity card number, passport number or business registration number.

In addition, other information such as name, address, telephone number, used vehicle, etc. must also be submitted.

The QR code obtained after registration must be presented to obtain fuel.

The QR code can be saved as a screenshot on their mobile phone.

Those who don’t have a smartphone can keep a printout of the QR code with them.

Wijesekara said fuel consumption had increased by 30% as the government struggled to fund fuel orders.

Since June 27, the government has stopped fuel supplies and limited only to essential services.

The Lankan Indian Oil Company (LIOC) has expanded its distribution network since the state fuels entity suspended operations.

Since then, several kilometer-long fuel queues have been observed near LIOC stations.

Numerous incidents of violence were reported in the fuel queues and nearly 20 people died of exhaustion after spending several days continuously in the fuel queues.

Since the beginning of this year, Sri Lanka has relied on an Indian line of credit to finance its fuel purchases.

The initial amount of $500 million was later increased to $700 million.

However, the third line of credit requested by Sri Lanka did not materialize.

Sri Lanka’s fuel and energy sectors are the hardest hit by foreign exchange shortages triggered by the unprecedented economic crisis.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was ousted from power last week due to his mismanagement of the economy.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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