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Electricity now a luxury for a cluster of villages in Anuradhapura

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By Upul Herath- Anuradhapura   

Electricity connection to a cluster of villages in Thantirimale, Anuradhapura has been disconnected leaving consumers in the lurch. 

The area people, mostly dependent on agriculture, complain that they are unable to pay for electricity because of the tariff hikes introduced last year. They say electricity is beyond their means because of poverty they are now engulfed in following the economic crisis.   

People in the villages such as Ihala Goneva, Sandamaleliya and Thambiyawa, are grappling with this issue. They also face issues related to food security and are victims of the human-elephant conflict. 

S. Padmini, 32, a villager of Thambiyawa, said her husband is now a wage earner with a daily income of Rs.2500. She said her husband had to cycle at least 15-20 kilometres a day in search of work.   “It is difficult for us to make ends meet,” she said. 

  • They are also facing issues related to food security and the human-elephant conflict

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  • Parliamentarian Must Account for these Failures Tuesday, 05 March 2024 11:36 AM

    This is where the respective parliamentarians are not doing their job and people are suffering. They should be out there checking on their constituents and ensuring utilities and basic life needs are provided.

    M Fernando Tuesday, 05 March 2024 11:46 AM

    CEB spokesman recently provided some sympathetic solution and advice for this problem while acknowledging that electricity IS a luxury (to be enjoyed only by the rich).

    Azarki Tuesday, 05 March 2024 12:35 PM

    Whats not luxaury in this part of the world........in away its a wake up call dont waste...

    J Tuesday, 05 March 2024 02:31 PM

    Entering into billion $$ agreements edb exports in billions and no electricity wow edb can you ck your books...maybe 1 person is earning entire sl wealth

    Spartacus Tuesday, 05 March 2024 06:32 PM

    Dan Sapada!


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