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The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) announced that measures will be taken to switch off 50% of all street lamps countrywide with effect from August 1 in order to save electricity.

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  • yapa Wednesday, 01 August 2012 01:27 AM

    A foolish move to cover CEB inefficiency. Assign patriotic citizens living close to these lights to switch on and off.I know an elderly gent on his morning walk switch off these lights. - A citizen

    Nodrog Wednesday, 01 August 2012 01:43 AM

    In spite of the monopoly if the CEB still cannot do its job properly it should out-source it to a private company instead of always making the public pay for its mistakes.

    Nodrog Wednesday, 01 August 2012 02:06 AM

    Can we 'borrow' back some of the electricity we were supposed to supply to India?

    Cha Thursday, 02 August 2012 07:55 AM

    CEB can cut down on street lamps but what about the perehera / carnivals / exhibition lighting's?????? Who pays for this

    willows Tuesday, 31 July 2012 10:24 AM

    robbers and all sorts crooks will have a good time???

    WarElephant Tuesday, 31 July 2012 10:40 AM

    and the crime will increase by 50% with effect from August 1st

    Rajeev Tuesday, 31 July 2012 10:45 AM

    already 75% of the street lams switched offf in my street last 10 years!!!

    reader Tuesday, 31 July 2012 10:46 AM

    karuwale jaramare

    Ganja Tuesday, 31 July 2012 10:41 AM

    already 50% or less working, now another 50%, So Sri Lanka will be ghost street. again people don't come out after 6pm.

    Azmi Tuesday, 31 July 2012 10:36 AM

    it's good news for goods, bad news for ordinary citizens

    Sena Tuesday, 31 July 2012 10:42 AM

    What we are getting ready to conduct SLPL cricket tournement under lights for weeks.

    abc Wednesday, 01 August 2012 03:04 AM

    @ Peter: In India it was an incident. Not half of India was without power every day. Dont talk like a moron.

    sha Tuesday, 31 July 2012 10:45 AM

    Who cares even you switch off 100%. Anyway our future is in dark

    Just Another Citizen Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:03 AM

    What about the crime rate & street accidents? We have enough sunshine, why don't we have solar powered street lamps? It will be cheaper in the long run.

    lkboy Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:06 AM

    people cant walk on roads. good for robbers and other criminals.

    kolamba putha Tuesday, 31 July 2012 10:54 AM

    Excellent!!! Let's now walk and drive in semi-darkness and with 50% more accidents!!

    ravi Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:16 AM

    But remember that there was a 40% increase in electricity bill ...

    Jagath Leanage Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:25 AM

    Before swiching off 50% , switch off lights which are burning during the day time in our streets.

    perera Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:29 AM

    Let's organize more night car races

    lalith Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:33 AM

    want 90% of street lights always offed anyway?

    Punchi Sngho Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:41 AM

    Already, more tha 50% of street lights are not on in the night. If CEB ensure that street lights are switched of during day time there is no need for such drastic measures, Anyway we are coming back to 1970-77 era and it won't be surprising if there are no street lights at all.

    abc Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:34 AM

    & Let's have more day night matches. This is more important than the poor peestrains, riders & drivers.

    Vicks Tuesday, 31 July 2012 11:52 AM

    Wel, we need to save some money to run some late night street races under flood light, right?

    ramkuumar Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:06 PM

    Don't do that, just switch off all street lamp by 6.00 am. I staqy down on Sinsapa Road, Wellawatte, where sinsapa road street lamp get switched off by 8.00 or little early in the morning daily. if you take action on the worker who do switching off job, you can save a lot of energy.

    Ramesh S Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:08 PM

    Solar-powered LED street lights are by far the best and most cost-effective way to illuminate roads....

    Nuzrath Anver Wednesday, 01 August 2012 11:35 AM

    Switch off Habour light which is the brightest in Colombo Ciry

    roger Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:24 PM

    "Wonder of Asia" well the Top rich and The politicos under Gov Funded generators in there offices and residences after pocketing out from the mega power projects but the poor citizen in Darkness in all aspects

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:28 PM

    Beware, little girls and women. The "dark knights" will be on the prowl looking for victims in pitch dark areas. Another indicument for the thieves and rapists.

    SL Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:30 PM

    Cut down corruption by 10%, and keep the streets lights on for the whole year.

    Trehan Munasinghe Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:32 PM

    Govt. of Sri Lanka for God's sake this is 2012 start using Solar power for Street lights, its time you guys used the money your wasting for something good, instead of sending the poor Sri Lankan citizens to even more darkness...

    citizen1 Wednesday, 01 August 2012 04:55 AM

    Very true

    farieze Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:38 PM

    its time to depend on God's light-moon

    Citizen Tuesday, 31 July 2012 01:02 PM

    True Ramesh,
    But how do they get all the commission if cost is reduced?We might even go for solar at home now at this current electricity cost.

    Citizen Tuesday, 31 July 2012 01:48 PM

    More rapes, robberies and sexual abusers on the way... Not to mention the casual murders that happen....

    D.E.M. OCRACY Tuesday, 31 July 2012 02:50 PM

    THE HAND OF THE GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE THE RATE OF CRIME AND RAPE...... WELL AFTER ALL WHO HAS COMMITTED THE MOST CASES OF RAPES BUT THOSE IN THE UPFA GOVERNMENT........ DARKER TIMES FOR SRI LANKA AHEAD......... NATURALLY THE ....
    "WONDER OF ASIA"

    Kapila Tuesday, 31 July 2012 02:56 PM

    encouragement for crooks and Robers. How do you allow to play Day and night cricket..

    Minister Tuesday, 31 July 2012 03:26 PM

    This is what you call in Sinhala "Atheesarayata amuda gaheema"

    Minister Tuesday, 31 July 2012 03:32 PM

    Aascharised solutions of the power and energy minister!

    rumi Tuesday, 31 July 2012 03:26 PM

    first stop all day & night cricket matches being held now

    CHANDRAPALA Tuesday, 31 July 2012 03:42 PM

    Since this country is "Dharma Rajjaya" it does not need street lamps.

    Matalan Tuesday, 31 July 2012 05:08 PM

    If switching off 50% of all street lamps countrywide is OK, why bother switching them on ever again? I suspect, the Govt. has taken this decision to get more criminals into their side.

    Peter Tuesday, 31 July 2012 05:51 PM

    SL is better than its neighbor India half of which was without power for several hours last two days

    CEB Tuesday, 31 July 2012 06:33 PM

    We are going backwards in civilization

    bandara Wednesday, 01 August 2012 07:38 AM

    way forward to achieving the eminent status of Miracle of Asia.
    Did'nt the minister say recently that we can export power to India

    Hash Tuesday, 31 July 2012 06:35 PM

    Most of the roads does not have street lamps anyway

    Saman Tuesday, 31 July 2012 07:36 PM

    Ahooo mun kelinnema pissu ! This just like z score at the end people will go to sup. Court and then verdict will be given to on lights. By the way this street lights bills paid by tax money !
    What we got to do is efficient management of resources which this gov. Lacks .

    sus Tuesday, 31 July 2012 09:14 PM

    This present government wants to bring SL wonder world in Asia but still cannot utilize electricty to whole nation. What happen to mahinda Chintana .What a joke!!

    rumy Thursday, 02 August 2012 06:15 PM

    Sri Lanka will never change if poeple will not unite and make noices, as far as people are silent, public will suffer for life.

    public sould unite and boycott the matches to show the gov and the world about sri lanka's situation/development.

    in this kind of situation, gov is building a huge sports city in hambantota , public tax money is worsted in unecessry investment.

    contry to develop there should be honest and educated rulers in the contry. Here all are tugs and robbers.

    way to go , even 2050 it will be same or worst...

    I live in Dubai and every year I visit could see every thing same...or getting worst , no development.

    country should consentrate on sports when people living standard are lifted , unless people of country do not have money country will never develop....who will spend???

    lioen Jayatunge Wednesday, 01 August 2012 08:17 AM

    Inviting for road accidents. People cannot drive without hig beam

    Fair N Square Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:15 AM

    1ST STOP THE USE of excessive lighting in govt bldings.. especially during the drought season..

    Surprised........... Wednesday, 01 August 2012 12:37 AM

    Knock off 100% during the daytime (I have seen lights on the Galle road on even at 12 noon) and you might be able to keep more lights on at night.


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