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25% of private buses use kerosene and claim govt. imports low-quality diesel: Gammanpila

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Nearly 25 per cent of the private buses run on kerosene instead of diesel, and bus owners blame the government for importing low-quality diesel, Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila said.

While addressing an event organised for the launch of the Statement of Rights and Obligations of Petroleum Consumers in Sri Lanka, he said one litre of kerosene was sold in filling stations for Rs. 77 and one litre of diesel was sold for Rs. 111.

"Because of the price difference between kerosene and diesel, most of the private buses run on kerosene," he said.

"Somehow, one chairman of the private bus association has lodged a complaint at the CID claiming that the government is importing low-quality diesel and because of that, their bus engines have stopped on the way," the Minister said.

The government is importing diesel stocks that the country needs, he added. The same diesel is used by the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) buses, train services, and diesel electricity generators, he said.

Due to the use of diesel, there is no way of causing damage only to the private bus engines.

Diesel operating engines were designed to run with the use of diesel only. Using kerosene for diesel engines for a longer period will damage the engines, Minister Gammanpila added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)


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  • Anura Nanayakkara Thursday, 02 December 2021 07:04 AM

    Robbers and law breakers everywhere , starting from in the parliament. Who is going to help Sri Lanka , a land of law breakers , corruption galore . No law and order , almost everywhere .!!

    Fahim Hameed Thursday, 02 December 2021 07:16 AM

    Hon.Min.pls be honarable, .we are at the edge of the cliff,pls don push us.

    Ralaharamy Thursday, 02 December 2021 07:19 AM

    Are you the spokesman for the Diesel of CPC or for the Private Bu owners?

    Saran Thursday, 02 December 2021 07:29 AM

    Stop importing Indian buses that are neither safe nor environmentally friendly

    Manel Marasinghe Thursday, 02 December 2021 08:47 AM

    Have you looked yourself in the mirror, PonnaPilla? No one falls for your BS, and you are a number one crook, remember Shadick? And you are a racist too, and would be in jail in a country where just law prevails. In Srilanka you are able reign cheating the poor.

    Nirmal Thursday, 02 December 2021 08:48 AM

    you claim 25% use kerosene, where statistics,

    Nish Thursday, 02 December 2021 09:12 AM

    You can't blame bus companies. How can they run their services with a government controlled pricing structure. Basic economics suggest that if the running costs and spare parts are so expensive, but they can't increase user charges, why bother running a service? Do you guys know any basic mathematics/economics? SL is a joke in every sense.

    Lost Lankan Thursday, 02 December 2021 09:36 AM

    former private driver spilling the truth ahhh


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