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Electricity tariff must be reduced by 28 to 33%: NPP tells PUCSL

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Colombo, Feb. 15 (Daily Mirror)- Claiming that the proposed electricity tariff revision by about 3 percent is not at all sufficient, the National People's Power (NPP) said the tariffs should be reduced by at least 28 to 33 percent.

Making submissions during the public hearing at the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PCUSL) with regard to the proposed electricity tariff revision, former NPP MP Dr. Nalinda Jayatissa said people must receive an electricity tariff revision of at least 28 to 33 percent.

He said the CEB's new proposal to reduce electricity tariff by some 3 percent is not at all satisfactory and added that the CEB in its new proposal had submitted some unacceptable increase in expenditure.

Dr. Jayatissa said the PUCSL should not take decisions solely based on the CEB's information and that the Commission should take steps to ensure justice to the consumers.

"The PUCSL has been constituted by a Parliamentary Act. The Commission should exercise its powers to mete out justice to the consumers by using its expertise knowledge without solely based on information provided by the CEB," he said.


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  • Liberal One Thursday, 15 February 2024 10:44 PM

    Then what? Print money and cover the loses?

    Trehan Munasinghe Thursday, 15 February 2024 11:03 PM

    Yes, a definite reduction is needed especially the highest slab which is Rs 89 per unit, under charging certain slabs and overcharging another is an unreasonable method, ideally CEB should introduce a flat rate from 0 to X number of units. Also give a reduced rate for those consuming between 0 - 30 units per month. From 31 units it should be a flat rate CEB needs to make profits, reduce corruption and wastage and give a fair rate to the consumers. Otherwise it is best to end CEB monopoly.

    SenPera Thursday, 15 February 2024 11:23 PM

    When the NPP comes to power, they will produce electricity from magic and provide it for free to all Sri Lankans. This is also one of the powers of Anura, according to his supporters.

    Lalith Thursday, 15 February 2024 11:58 PM

    These donkeys still don't understand that we cannot go back to unsustainable subsidy regimes. They still have not learned from past mistakes and continue to play to the gallery at the expense of the nation's finances and economy. All there other promises and claims need to be viewed through this same lens.

    Priyanee Wijesekera Friday, 16 February 2024 01:26 AM

    Good excuse for the NPP to organise another street protest

    Gunadasa Friday, 16 February 2024 03:39 AM

    NPP can give an explanation how they will find money to reduce electricity prices by 33% under future NPP government

    Tissa Fernando Friday, 16 February 2024 05:03 AM

    Can they propose a plan how to manage electricity generation cost? Who will pay for the deficit?

    navratne willamune Friday, 16 February 2024 07:45 AM

    governtment seems to act in favour the private companies that supply electricity, not the general public.still dragging its legs, .3% quoted is paltry.in the prevailing dry weather the tanks/resevoirs are drying, they will have to go back to the prvate suppliers ,and willsay they are running at a loss,and may not even give the 3%

    Peter Peterera Friday, 16 February 2024 01:24 PM

    Why not give them a chance rather than counter-criticizing them.... some of you are yet to recover from Mahinda nostalgia..!

    Tissa Fernando Friday, 16 February 2024 10:27 PM

    Yes, all what we asking them is to give a plan as to how they will reduce the cost of electricity? Either you have to fire half the staff and face strikes and disruptions or recover the cost from somewhere else. They have no plan.

    Rishan Friday, 16 February 2024 02:02 PM

    Better bring down the unit rates of 180 and above to below 60/-.

    Quolp Friday, 16 February 2024 02:08 PM

    Talk only, and buying time to face bad defeat at the coming election.


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