A new filling station was opened in Kilinochchi yesterday, said Petroleum Minister Susil Premajayantha. The station will be open 24 hours, and is an initiative by the Multipurpose Cooperative Society of Kilinochchi, he said.
The Minister was in Kilinochchi in order to attend the first ever Cabinet meeting held there.
Speaking on the Rs. 3 price cut for diesel, petrol and kerosene in Jaffna, Premajayantha explained that savings in transport costs allowed the Government to lower prices.
The cost of transport from Colombo to Jaffna was a major reason why a litre of petrol used to cost Rs. 119 in Jaffna as opposed to Rs. 115 in Colombo, the Minister said.
“We found a way to transport the oil by train to Anuradapura and Vavuniya. So our transport costs were reduced, and we passed on the benefit to consumers,” Premajayantha said.
Premajayantha said that the current price for a litre of petrol in Jaffna is Rs. 115.60, 6 cents higher than the price in Colombo.