More than 200 complaints have been received in the last two months about the alleged malprctices in fuel filling stations Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission Janaka Ratnayake said.
He also said that the report related to the fuel samples sent to the Sri Lanka Institute of Industrial Technology will be received tomorrow (12) in consideration of the public complaints received regarding the quality of the fuel.
He said that in the past, the commission received many public complaints that octane 92 petrol was being issued by certain petrol filling stations claiming to be 95 octane and the truth of the same would be revealed by the report of the technical institute.
Janaka Ratnayake also said:
The Consumer Affairs Authority also submitted complaints in this regard. On the basis of a complaint received from the Consumer Affairs Authority, Wellawaya fuel stations were inspected recently. One gas station had eight pumps. Out of those eight, the fuel was released less than the prescribed amount. A customer buying a liter of fuel was actually getting less fuel than what they paid for. We found that consumers have incurred a loss of Rs.05 from every litre. Accordingly, arrangements were made to seal all the 08 fuel pumps. Every customer who bought 20 liters of fuel had a loss of 100 rupees. That unlimited profit had gone to the owner of the petrol station.