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Cash-strapped Sri Lanka announces weekly fuel quotas
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COLOMBO – Crisis-hit Sri Lanka announced weekly fuel quotas for motorists today, as an acute shortage worsened and longer queues formed outside the few pumping stations still operating.

Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said the state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation was struggling to finance oil imports, while consumption had shot up due to shortages of electricity and liquefied petroleum gas.

“We have no choice but to register consumers at filling stations and give them a guaranteed weekly quota until we are able to strengthen the financial situation,” the minister said.

“I hope to have this system in place by the first week of July.”

He did not say how much fuel motorists will be allowed to buy under the new system.

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