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COLOMBO: Amid the economic crisis in Sri Lanka, the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) has on Sunday decided to increase the fuel prices with effect from 2 am.
The prices of a liter of petrol 92 octane have been increased by Rs 50 while a liter of petrol 95 octane has been increased by Rs 100, Daily Mirror reported.
According to the publication, the auto diesel has also been increased by Rs 60 and a liter of Super Diesel has been increased by Rs. 75.
Accordingly, the new price of a liter of Petrol Octane 92 is Rs. 470 and Octane 95 is Rs. 550.
At the same time, the Lanka IOC, a subsidiary of Indian Oil Corporation, has also increased the fuel prices and now both the CEYPETCO and the LIOC fuel prices stand equal, reported Daily Mirror.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has decided to limit fuel for private vehicles as the fuel shortage continues to worsen in the Island nation. Sri Lanka will not receive the shipments of petrol, diesel and crude oil, scheduled for this week and next week due to banking and logistic reasons.
“Sri Lanka will not receive shipments of petrol, diesel and crude oil, scheduled for this week and next week,” Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera said on Saturday.
The minister said that suppliers have informed state-owned fuel importer and distributor Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) that they will not make the scheduled deliveries due to banking and logistic reasons.
In a further statement, Wijesekera said that public transportation, power generation and industries would be given priority until the next shipments arrive. Therefore, limited stocks of diesel and petrol will be distributed to a few gas stations throughout next week.
The minister urged the general public not to queue up for fuel., adding that the refinery operations will also be halted until the next crude shipment arrives. “We are working with all new and existing suppliers. I apologize for the delay and inconvenience,” he said.
Sri Lanka has been facing the worst economic crisis since independence in 1948, leading to an acute shortage of essential items like food, medicine, cooking gas and fuel across the island nation.
The nearly-bankrupt country, with an acute foreign currency crisis that resulted in foreign debt default, had announced in April that it is suspending nearly USD 7 billion foreign debt repayment due for this year out of about USD 25 billion due through 2026. Sri Lanka’s total foreign debt. The economic crisis has particularly impacted food security, agriculture, livelihoods, and access to health services.
Food production in the last harvest season was 40 – 50 per cent lower than last year, and the current agricultural season is at risk, with seeds, fertilizers, fuel and credit shortages.
Sri Lanka is one of the few nations named by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which is expected to go without food due to the global food shortage expected this year. (ANI)