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Power blackout report on Wednesday

21 March 2016 10:22 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The report with short term solutions to prevent blackouts had been finalized and it would be submitted to the President on Wegnesday (23) Power and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said today.

“The cause for the sudden island-wide blackouts and the solutions to these issues will be submitted to Parliament on Wednesday at 9.00 a.m. It will also be submitted to the special project proposals on prevention of power interruption,” the Minister said.

He said the Ministry was hoping to proceed with instant and mid-term solutions to the crisis after submitting the report to the President and to the Cabinet.

He said a discussion was held with the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Engineers’ society today to find lasting solutions to blackouts.

“With the discussion we held with relevant authorities, we managed to get ideas from them and we got ideas from the other appointed committee groups as well. We also considered situation reports on blackout situations in other countries,” he said.

President Maithripala Sirisena had appointed a special committee to make recommendations to the Government regarding steps to be taken immediately on nationwide power failure, the Minister said

“The committee is comprised of myself, Ministers Susil Premajayantha, Patali Champika Ranawaka, Sagala Ratnayake, Deputy Minister Eran Wickramaratne and Ajith P. Perera,” he said.

He said, after submitting the preliminary report of the committee, the ministry would consider on submitting a long term report to the President within three months.

Meanwhile, Minister Siyambalapitiya said the explosions had reportedly occurred on a Load Tap Changer attached to the transformers and said several representatives from a German company arrived in the country to investigate the explosions at the Biyagama and Kotugoda Grid. (Chaturanga Pradeep)

Video by Chaturanga Pradeep

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  Comments - 8

  • Premalal Tuesday, 22 March 2016 06:58 AM

    Commissions comprising of politicians who in the minds of people are proven failures are unlikely to find any solution to any problem facing the country other than making them worse. Therefore these must be manned by educated and intelligent people of the sector.

    Sharon Tuesday, 22 March 2016 09:41 AM

    Reports reports reports and reports......... via DM iOS App

    Azeez Tuesday, 22 March 2016 10:06 AM

    The Minister announced that power supply would be normal from the 17th. We're in Wattala having power cuts continuously until yesterday(21st). Today uncertain! via DM Android App

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 22 March 2016 12:59 PM

    Please ensure uninterrupted power supply at least to read and digest this report.

    onlooker Tuesday, 22 March 2016 01:12 PM

    Talking talking and assurances, but we are yet facing power cuts.

    lokaya Monday, 21 March 2016 10:41 PM

    Solar power is the answer via DM Android App

    TheVigilante Monday, 21 March 2016 10:43 PM

    And here we get power cuts in the middle of the night in Dehiwala........

    Dellon Monday, 21 March 2016 11:41 PM

    Stop talking and start building.. We need more power plants due to economic expanstion

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