for your power from August
Amidst a major political crisis between the government
and the JVP on a proposed bill to restructure the Ceylon Electricity
Board, Cabinet approval has also been sought to increase electricity
rates from August.
Power and Energy Minister John Seneviratne told
The Sunday Times yesterday that besides the increase in rates, consumers
would also have to pay an additional 20 percent as a fuel adjustment
He said the increase was unavoidable due to the
soaring price of fuel in the world market.
Mr. Seneviratne said the proposal to increase the
rates had been put to the cabinet for approval.
The tariff hike will not apply to consumers who
use less than 30 units of electricity a month. An additional rupee
per unit will be levied on those who use between 30 and 90 units
while those using more than 90 units will have to pay an additional
Rs. 1. 50 a unit.
Minister Seneviratne said the last tariff hike
on electricity units was done in 2002, when a litre of diesel was
rupees15.40. However today the price of diesel has risen to rupees