Only a limited amount of petrol is available until around June 23, so the public has been urged not to queue at petrol stations until then.
Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera has asked the public to allow available stocks to be purchased by three-wheeler drivers, doctors and other essential service providers.
He said authorities were hoping to get more fuel from a ship on June 23.
The minister also said that Lanka IOC has been asked to release more fuel in its fuel sheds.
As work from home was declared this week for non-essential government employees and schools are also closed, the minister urged the public to allow drivers to use existing fuel reserves. three-wheelers and people engaged in essential services.
The minister also said that tenders had been put out to supply fuel to Sri Lanka, but no bids had been made.
As a result, the government is studying alternative options to secure the fuel.
The minister also said that the government is in talks with a number of countries to obtain credits to purchase fuel.
He said it will take time for fuel distribution to be fully normalized and for the government to remain hopeful. (Colombo Official Gazette)