The military and police entered the Kolonnawa and Muthurajawela fuel storage terminals today morning to ensure the security of the tanks as well as oversee the distribution of fuel.
The move comes just hours after the government issued a gazette last night declaring the storage and distribution of fuel an essential service.
The Government Information Department ordered all staff involved in petroleum distribution to report to work, and warned that any staff member who failed to report to work ‘with immediate effect’ will be considered as having vacated their posts.
Meanwhile, the government earlier today assured that the fuel distribution will return to normalcy by this afternoon. According to Army Spokesman, 15 bowsers with fuel have been dispatched from the Kolonnawa terminal for distribution among fuel sheds.
Meanwhile, Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited (CPSTL) workers announced that they will return to work today.
A short while ago, police arrested several employees of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) who were engaged in a protest outside the Petroleum Storage Terminal in Kolonnawa for unruly behavior.
A meeting is scheduled between the trade union representatives and government representatives later this evening. CPC trade unions launched a strike from midnight on Monday over three demands.