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Alleged lack of sufficient backup power at WTC

9 October 2014 02:55 pm - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Inadequate backup power in the World Trade Centre building in Colombo Fort, had forced many people to use the stairs during a power outage this evening, witnesses said.

It was also reported that one elevator filled with people between floors had stuck for a long period during the blackout.

However, a spokesperson for Overseas Realty (Ceylon) PLC, which maintains the building, said that there was adequate backup power.

He said there was no fault in the generators and they had supplied power, as usual, when the mains power supply stopped.

 “One incident was reported of an elevator being stuck for about 10 minutes without generator’s power. That was due to a technical hitch in the specific elevator and not the fault of the generator. All the other elevators picked up speed and moved,” he said.

  Comments - 10

  • Seam Friday, 10 October 2014 06:43 AM

    It was a nightmare yesterday via DM Android App

    Lalith Friday, 10 October 2014 01:43 AM

    I was at office at WTC when this happened and the offices didn't have power. It was dark outside due to rain and people couldn't continue their work. I left office early due to this and had to use the stairs. WTC rent was almost doubled an year ago but power and parking space remains a big issue despite several complaints made.

    Lalith Friday, 10 October 2014 02:21 AM

    My office is at the WTC and they have always had a serious issue with power, parking space and insufficient lifts.

    Punny Pellow Friday, 10 October 2014 02:22 AM

    Ha, ha, to reduce OBESITY?

    Kev Friday, 10 October 2014 02:38 AM

    Such turn off WTC not geared to face bus continuity such bunch of lossers

    data Friday, 10 October 2014 09:48 AM

    Everyone should know electricity bill reduced therefor elevators and other will reduce via DM iPad app

    Just Another Citizen Friday, 10 October 2014 05:13 AM

    All comes down to poor maintenance.

    rabbit Friday, 10 October 2014 03:45 PM

    good workout )) via DM Android App

    Sylvia Haik Friday, 10 October 2014 12:00 PM

    They should at least switch off the lifts one day per week. The exercise will do us good.

    AsaranaKolla Saturday, 11 October 2014 12:15 PM

    Hi.. Me to experienced. Very poor operations. I too tooked number of staircases. There was no announcement when this was happening. Even there fire drills so stupid ones. Just inform how to use exit way. Even exit stairs are high risk why those are small staircases. Dont even dream to work in WTC office. No parking High cost Ventilation Issues Dry Toilets etc... via DM Android App

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