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While the worst power crisis in history is looming, the Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka today appealed to all electricity consumers to brace for the challenge and use electricity sparingly.

Minister Ranawaka said the failure of the south-west monsoon this year has created a grave situation in hydro power generation as there was no rain in catchment areas with reservoirs drying to the bottom.  

“The other contributory factor that created this situation was the failure of previous regimes to carry out a sustainable power generation policy. Despite the demand for power being increased between around at10% annually, the governments before 2005 had no plan to increase the power generation capacity at least by a single Megawatt. The nation is taking the brunt of the negative outcome of their shortsightedness today,” Minister Ranawaka stressed.

He said if it had not been for the Kerawalapitiya and Norochcholai power plants commissioned under this government the country would have been experiencing long power cuts by now.

Minister Ranawaka pointed out that with the heavy rains at the end of last year and beginning of this year, nearly two thirds of the total power generation was met by hydro power. For instance hydro power generation stood at 82% in December 2010 and 70% in January and February this year, in total power generation keeping the costly thermal power utilisation to a minimum. (Sandun A. Jayasekera)

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  • Victoria Tuesday, 30 August 2011 07:46 AM

    This is due to total mismanagement. Just after heavy rains CEB produced electricity only from hydropower to show that CEB earns profits, then within couple of months reservior water level dropped, now you are loosing double, tripple!

    ruwan Tuesday, 30 August 2011 08:23 AM

    We need ministers who can act proactively rather than giving solutions when problem occurs.

    MR Tuesday, 30 August 2011 09:14 AM

    Why is it we have frequent power cuts in SL and not in other countries e.g Malaysia, Thailand. Two words INCOMPETANCE and CORRUPTION...

    Ruwan Tuesday, 30 August 2011 09:29 AM

    Actually anyone cannot be president of Sri Lankan. He has to be for Govi caste with good sinhala name. No Pereras, Silvas. That is an unwritten law.

    M.V.R.Perera Tuesday, 30 August 2011 09:29 AM

    Please call for a explanation from the System Control Center Of The CEB asking them who made them to empty the 6 large reservoirs built for electricity generation with out following the computer programs for drawing out water for generation then the cat will be out of the bag. Regarding his agenda regarding the national question we require more people like him in the cabinet to counter act the pro LTTE TNA

    V. Puran Appu Tuesday, 30 August 2011 10:18 AM

    For every thing these people have to bring in "this regime" and "that regime"

    Why do they have to politicize every thing?

    sparks Tuesday, 30 August 2011 10:21 AM

    We also know that no highway will ever be constructed to Kandy (Radala & Original Govi) because the other castes are ruling (coastal govi and Salagama) thus the power of the southern highway.

    Sanje Tuesday, 30 August 2011 11:50 AM

    yes, my vote too

    ampre son Monday, 29 August 2011 11:58 PM

    Dear minister . , please think about this country future. can you focus wind power and solar power for electricity.

    Thomas Tuesday, 30 August 2011 01:34 AM

    What about about selling Electricity to India?

    divi-may2 Wednesday, 31 August 2011 08:13 AM

    what a laugh. same old same old. blaming the previous regimes.
    instead of blaming others do something about it.

    Manel Tuesday, 30 August 2011 01:52 AM

    Whatever happened to the brand new Norochcholai Chinese built power plant?

    KodeNathiSriLankan Tuesday, 30 August 2011 02:47 AM

    Run the electricity board in an efficient that making racist statements at your party convention. There is nothing called a Sinhalese or a Buddhist. We are all human born free to live free. Any one of us can be the president of Sri Lanka. Look at USA.

    Roshan Tuesday, 30 August 2011 04:54 AM

    Indirect hint that very soon there going to be a power cut.


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