Pakistan cement for Lanka
The Government will release a sufficient stock of cement imported
from Pakistan stipulating a lowest price of Rs. 730 per bag (50kg)
through the Building Materials Corporation Ltd in Ratmalana as a relief
measure to consumers and the construction industry.
Though the Government has stipulated a Rs.785 maximum retail price
for a 50 kilo bag of cement, under this relief measure, consumers can
purchase a 50 kilo cement pack at Rs. 730. which is almost a Rs. 55
price reduction, Trade, Marketing Development, Co-operatives and
Consumer Services Minister Bandula Gunawardhana told the Daily News.
He said the Building Materials Corporation Ltd in Ratmalana has taken
steps to release enough stocks of cement to fulfil the demand.
The Minister said the Government has established the State Trading
Co-operative Wholesale Company (STCWC) to import essential items and
distribute them at concessionary rates for consumers.
"By considering the huge cement demand in the country, we have
decided to import cement from Pakistan and provide it at concessionary
rates to consumers," the Minister said.
This cement has SLS standards and is a well-know brand in Pakistan
which is being produced following international quality standards.
"We will expand the cement distribution in the countrywide for the
benefit of consumers," the Minister said.