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President Maithripala Sirisena presiding at yesterday's Cabinet meeting is reported to have blamed the current power crisis on the squabbling between the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).

The power crisis was one of the items discussed at the Cabinet meeting when the President reportedly took a swipe at a key official of the PUC.

The Cabinet appointed a committee comprising Power and Energy Minister Ravi Karunanayake, Non-Cabinet Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution, State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne and Highways Minister Kabir Hashim to study how best to overcome the crisis.

Some 2,600 megawatts is Sri Lanka’s daily requirement of electricity, however, currently there is a shortfall of 300 megawatts because of the dwindling water levels at hydro-power reservoirs.

Meanwhile, a top CEB official said the power cuts would continue as long as there was no rain and there were objections for the purchase of power from private operators. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Buddhist Wednesday, 27 March 2019 06:06 AM

    The best and quick return investment would be solar power.

    MODA BURUWA Wednesday, 27 March 2019 06:08 AM

    There are so many Renewable energy projects ( hydro , solar and wind ) awaiting approval for so long due to power greedy politicians and highly corrupted govt. officials .

    Arnold Wednesday, 27 March 2019 07:39 AM

    Cutting power will save very little electricity anyway. All missed work will be done at homes and factories when the power is restored.

    Sambo Wednesday, 27 March 2019 08:06 AM

    So once again looking for commissions by purchasing from private individuals. So this is the struggle. It all boils down to commission. That's Sri Lanka

    samantha Wednesday, 27 March 2019 08:17 AM

    CEB top people are in the pay roll of private operators who have decommissioned thermal plants. They will release any reservoir water also to make power purchases from them. Check accounts of CEB officials.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 27 March 2019 09:58 AM

    The problem is the cream of the good in SL have left these shores and what we have left is humbugs inclusive of the President. Fellows fit to be 3-wheeler drivers now holding top positions.

    Roshanaly Wednesday, 27 March 2019 02:13 PM

    Colombo is exempted from power cut because 90% of the Colombo population supports the UNP regime.

    Leo Wednesday, 27 March 2019 03:25 PM

    Our people wanted a government that talks over a government that works. Expect them to blame each other.


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