There is an ongoing move to import petrol of octane 91 in replacement of octane 92 petrol, revealed Convener of the Samagi Ekabaddha Wurthiya Samithi Balawegaya Ananda Palitha, speaking to a briefing held yesterday (16).
“On who’s instruction was octane 92 replaced with 91? Now, the Sri Lanka Standards Institute has publicised the type to be 91. The Minister is still not facing media. Because if 91 is taken the price would be lower, but intolerable to the Japanese vehicles. The Minister is afraid of India. The Minister acted on the will of India. India is ready to give US$ 500 million on the condition of purchasing fuel from India. India has 91 petrol. Because they suit the Indian vehicles. But not our vehicles,” he said.
However, upon query, Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila denied the allegation.