Power cuts or failure, people in the dark

By Damith Wickremasekara

Unofficial power cuts are to continue on a staggered basis in the next few weeks until the power generation capacity is restored, a Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) official said yesterday.

The power cuts were imposed in various parts of the island during the past few days despite official claims by the Ministry of Power and Energy that what was being experienced were ‘power failures’ and not power cuts.

On Friday power cuts ranging from two to two and half hours were imposed in the Avissawella industrial zone, Biyagama, Ratmalana, Ja-Ela, Kalpitiya, Yakkala, Veyangoda, Padukka, Boralesgamuwa, Malabe and Pugoda.

Longer power cuts were being imposed in the outstations with some of them lasting more than eight hours.

Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka said the power interruptions were due to breakdowns in the Norochcholai, Kerawalapitiya, Kelanitissa power stations and the reduction in the water levels in the hydropower reservoirs.

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