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Govt. may try to purchase power: Pavithra

16 March 2016 05:58 pm - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Former Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi today said it was uncertain whether the island-wide power cuts were simply a result of the Government’s inefficiency or it was mulling to purchase electricity from the power stations belonging to the private sector, for exorbitant prices making the power cuts an excuse.

“Our government amended the Power and Energy Act to make sure that electricity would be purchased from private sector only through open tenders. Today, it seems the Government is mulling to amend the Act probably with the intention of purchasing electricity from the private sector for exorbitant prices,” she charged.

Addressing a news conference organised by the Joint Opposition at the Dr. N. M. Perera Centre in Borella, the MP said both the Cabinet and the Government had failed to provide the required guidance and assistance to Power and Energy Ministry and Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) officials.

“Deploying military personnel to guard power stations won’t stop power failures. This is not the first instance where a transformer exploded or a cable was broken in the history of the power supply in Sri Lanka. In our time too transformers exploded but we were efficient enough to prevent island-wide power failures,” MP Wanniarachchi said.

She said there were ‘protectors’ in the power grid and these protectors could make sure that a failure in a specific location of the grid won’t affect the entire power supply of the country. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

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  Comments - 14

  • Sincere Thursday, 17 March 2016 11:39 AM

    What exactly does this big mouth know about power and energy?

    shantha gamlath Thursday, 17 March 2016 11:40 AM

    These politicians cannot understand reality. If their any power shortage that any government has responsible to supply power by any sources as a temporary solution. why these people cannot understand this. Who started this kind of irrupted deal on electricity .

    #reminder Wednesday, 16 March 2016 07:39 PM

    Ask Pavithra whether she is still living in her house or whether she moved to a new one. what does she know via DM Android App

    lalu Wednesday, 16 March 2016 07:56 PM

    Pls come out from your dream world.We are paying for your sins via DM Android App

    al Wednesday, 16 March 2016 08:50 PM

    please pavitra when you took over the ministry during the last regime you didnt even know what a volt meant. So stop talking about inefficientcy. you were there to reel in the cash. via DM Android App

    Brown Boy Wednesday, 16 March 2016 10:41 PM

    Oh no !!!!! Who let this rabid canine out of her kennel. Just when we thought things were safe we subject to listening to pol sambole jargon. Zip it !!!!

    TONY Thursday, 17 March 2016 12:21 AM

    IS SHE AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEER

    dulan Thursday, 17 March 2016 12:43 AM

    Please do not talk about things you do not understand

    kugan Thursday, 17 March 2016 01:48 AM

    Pavithira is thinking we all Srilankans are uneducated lot. She should know the joint opposition is doing their best to tarnish the image of Maithiripala Srisena. Pavithira knows very well unless Mahinda Rajapakse comes to power there is no future for Wimal,Dinesh, Dallas, Prasanna and others.

    Bala Thursday, 17 March 2016 02:03 AM

    Your - required guidance and assistance - which you gave to put up the failed Norochcholai with second grade technology and material is enough for a generation and is causing enough trouble.

    SaM Thursday, 17 March 2016 02:40 PM

    Just give solar plannels to every house ... Problem solved !

    Jerry Thursday, 17 March 2016 02:10 AM

    Pavithra, had you been with MR this power failure would have been like a lottery win for you. MR would have said let it go on for few days.

    Sri Lankan Thursday, 17 March 2016 07:17 AM

    Nikan Apavithra wenna epa!!!!

    ndissanayke Thursday, 17 March 2016 10:46 AM

    When did you follow the open tender procedure? ha ha haaa...


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