BY Thameenah Razeek and Faadhila Thassim
The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has approved a power cut duration of 13 hours due to unavailability of fuel for thermal power plants today (31).
Accordingly, the CEB would impose power interruptions as outlined in areas shown below:
Areas A, B, C, D, E, F – 3 hours from 3.00 a.m. to 6.00 a.m., 4 hours from 12.00 noon to 4.00 p.m. and 6 hours from 6.00 p.m. to 12.00 mid-night
Areas G,H,I, J,K,L – 3 hours from 12.00 mid-night to 3.00 a.m., 4 hours from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon and 6 hours from 4.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.
Areas P, Q, R, S – 3 hours from 3.00 a.m. to 6.00 a.m., 4 hours from 12.00 noon to 4.00 p.m. and 6 hours from 6.00 p.m. to 12.00 mid-night.
Areas T,U,V,W – 3 hours from 12.00 mid-night. to 3.00 a.m.,4 hours from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon and 6 hours from 4.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.
Areas M, N, O, X,Y, Z – 3 hours and 30 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and 2 hours from 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Meanwhile, the currently imposed power cuts could be increased up to over 15 hours during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year if the fuel crisis and the drought persist, President of the Ceylon Electricity Board Union (CEBEU) Anil Ranjith said. He added implementing proposals made to overcome this crisis has been hindered by politicians and the Public Utilities Commission (PUCSL) due to which the crisis could continue for at least four to five years.