The Government says that it will pursue a private-public partnership to commence a project for the installation of electric charging units at every fuel station operated by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), and has called for suggestions from the relevant stakeholders pertaining to the project.

According to Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the CPC currently operates 1,191 fuel stations island-wide.

Minister of Petroleum and Petroleum products, Chandima Weerakkody told The Nation Gain that the Ministry had already commenced discussions with private companies that locally manufacture charging units to get their suggestion and proposals, and to ascertain the feasibility of the project.

“What we are doing now is looking at the feasibility. At the same time we also should work out on a plan that ensures that there is a decent return on investment (ROI),” he said.

“We are also looking at the possibilities to import these units from other countries. However, it all depends on the costs. We would opt for local manufacturers if they come up with a better and feasible plan,” he added.

At the same time, the Deputy Minister also urged the public to convey their suggestions through mail or by visiting the Ministry. “We also hope to include the suggestions of electric vehicle importers as well and look at how we can implement this in a manner that would benefit all parties,” Weerakkody added.

Meanwhile, the vehicle importers commenced an initiative to install 100 charging units island-wide recently.

According to Chairman, Vehicle Importers Association of Lanka (VIAL), Sampath Merenchige, the units have been installed at several places including restaurants, hotels and points where travelers are bound to stay for a rest during a long journey.

Accordingly, the installation of each unit costs Rs.25,000. “We have done this in order to help the people. But we hope that the government would take the initiative to have a comprehensive plan to install units,” Merenchige added.