By Indika Sri Aravinda AUDIO
The Power and Energy Ministry and the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) today contradicted each other on the need to produce a ‘red notice’ to the consumer before disconnecting the power.
Following a complaint by a consumer in Bambalapitiya, the Daily Mirror online contacted the CEB West office in Bambalapitiya who said that the electricity can be discontinued without issuing a red notice.
The engineer at the office said that both in Colombo and Kandy the electricity of a consumer can be discontinued without a red notice if the consumer has failed to pay the electricity bill within a period of 30 days.
However when contacted by Daily Mirror online, Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy M.M.C Ferdinando said it is a violation to discontinue the electricity without issuing a red notice and the consumer had a right to lodge a complaint.
Meanwhile a spokesman at the Ceylon Electricity Board, speaking to Daily Mirror online also said that the electricity cannot be cut without issuing a red notice. (Daily Mirror online)