JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanyake has stated that JVP would oppose the proposed selling of oil tanks in Trincomalee.
He was spreaking at a press conference held at the head office of the JVP at Pelawatta recently. JVP Central Committee member Parliamentarian Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa was also present.
During his address, Dissanayaka said, “The oil tank farm at Trincomalee is to be a main prey of the selling process that is to be carried out by the government. There were 102 oil tanks in the complex and three of them have been damaged. 99 tanks are usable. This complex was built by the British in the 1930s. It was because Trincomalee harbor is the deepest in South East Asia and targeting the fuel market in the South East Asia. Despite the British left Sri Lanka in 1948 the oil tank farm was not handed over to Sri Lanka. In 1957 the government of Sri Lanka paid Sterling Pounds 2,50,000 to take it over from the British.
Each of these tanks has the capacity to store nearly 10,000 metric tons of fuel. If the whole oil tank farm is used 1000000 metric tons of fuel could be stored. Only 400,00 metric tons of fuel could be stored jointly at Muthrajawela and Kolonnawa. As such, this oil tank farm could be used targeting the fuel market.
However, Ranil Wickremesinghe government always acts towards selling national resources. In 2003 Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government signed an agreement with India’s IOC to lease the oil tank farm. Since then India’s IOC company managed the oil tank farm. During the 2005 – 2009 period Ceylon Petroleum Corporation has paid Rs. 692 million as lease for IOC company of India.
Ranil Wickremesinghes always acted not towards protecting the national resources of our country. They always wanted to sell our things. There is a doubt whether the lease agreement of the government to hand over the oil tank farm is legal or not.”