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Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka told the media there was no immediate threat of power cuts though the prolonged drought had badly affected the catchment areas.

He urged each household to conserve energy by at least 10 per cent a day because the recent rainfall was not sufficient and had not made an impact on the water levels in the reservoirs.

“As of yesterday the total hydropower capacity at Castlereagh, Mausakelle, Kotmale, Victoria, Randenigala and Samanalawewa was 301.6 Giga Watts per hour (GWh) though the normal capacity was 1260 Gwh,” the minister said.

He said the CEB incurred a daily loss of Rs.200 million because of the increased demand for electricity and the use of thermal power generation. (Sarasi Paranamanna)

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  • senna Thursday, 05 July 2012 02:46 PM

    In 1980s, areas around Kandy was submerged so that elites in Colombo have enough power to run their ACs

    Sapumal Bandara Thursday, 05 July 2012 03:23 PM

    Why did you wait till the rains to tell the public that the CEB is loosing Rs 200 million per day.
    What the CEB should have done was to impose a power cut instead of loosing this staggering amount of money.
    Who is going to pay for this blunder?
    Told tell us that this is not the biggest blunder?

    Rajaratne Thursday, 05 July 2012 04:45 PM

    It is not the problem with the power...but the corruption ,wastage and poor planning and admin. at electricity board. Even with nuclear power, there will still be shortage.

    Ashiq Friday, 06 July 2012 05:36 AM

    Hope the loss was cut short due to the recent breakdown resulting 3 days of Power cut in entire Ampara District

    sue Friday, 06 July 2012 05:45 AM

    I guess you're only talking about electricity and not any other type of power cut which we would very gladly welcome even in the immediate future.

    dev Friday, 06 July 2012 07:06 AM

    thank you for the warning, we are expecting power cuts.

    Punchi Putha Thursday, 05 July 2012 10:57 PM

    No power cuts to you sir, but poor masses experience it most of the time

    KD Friday, 06 July 2012 07:04 AM

    so there "will be a threat" . minister is not sure & hence the reason for the statement "no immidiate threat"

    Jayantha Jayamanne Thursday, 05 July 2012 11:53 AM

    Don't lie minister, in our area all of a sudden there is blackout and you say No power cuts?

    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 05 July 2012 11:56 AM

    Means, anytime you could expect a power cut. Correct.

    willows Friday, 06 July 2012 07:11 AM

    so we are to expect power cuts in near future???

    Grammar policeman Thursday, 05 July 2012 11:53 AM

    Two power cuts today in Hokandara.

    Godagampala Rohana Thursday, 05 July 2012 11:59 AM

    Thank you minister, now I could start stocking Candles.

    godaya Thursday, 05 July 2012 12:06 PM

    the reason for loss not only thermal power generation but also high salary for CEB employees and high amount of OT and BATTA

    Mahen Friday, 06 July 2012 12:23 AM

    When GoSL pushed the electricity bill high couple of months ago, did n't you promise that you can provide electricity for whole Sri Lanka during any drought?
    LOL .....

    Nodrog Thursday, 05 July 2012 12:04 PM

    No power cuts only power breakdowns.

    TMA Thursday, 05 July 2012 12:13 PM

    Dear sir, what do U mean by immediate threat? not the power cuts I suppose

    Kondeybendapucheena Thursday, 05 July 2012 12:24 PM

    But Mr.Minister there is power cut every where

    IrangaJ Thursday, 05 July 2012 12:27 PM

    All this because we didn't have a proper power policy from mid 1980s...

    Aruna Friday, 06 July 2012 02:55 AM

    unless a rat cut the power line correct ?

    backstreet boys Friday, 06 July 2012 02:54 AM

    if we implement solar power on our roofs most of the power can be consumed from the sun during the day .

    Dadoriya Thursday, 05 July 2012 02:17 PM

    What you said was a different story when the coal powered power stations were commissioned. Cheap electricity and export to India. He has just immersed from his bad dream.

    Travis Friday, 06 July 2012 04:14 AM

    As long as elections are on the horizon we will not have power cuts. It's only after the elections.


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