Based on February bill: June electricity bill to reflect March, April and May bills
By Thameenah Razeek
Cabinet approval has been granted to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to calculate electricity bills for March, April and May based on the February electricity bill.
It was also noted that electricity consumption by the public during the lockdown period had increased and that is why the bills for those relevant months showed a higher amount, noted the Chairman of the CEB, Engineer Vijitha Herath, adding that there was no issue with the system or with the meter readers.
“However, the public will have to pay the same amount for their electricity bill as they had paid for February. If someone has paid a higher amount for the bills they received for March, April and May compared to February, the CEB has decided to deduct the extra amount that was paid for those months from the June bill. This decision was taken after considering many requests forwarded by the public as they are the ones who are facing difficulty in settling the bills. This relief is given to the public to facilitate them but not to make them cast votes for the Government,” he claimed.
However, the CEB will face a loss of Rs 3 billion by providing this relief to the public, he further claimed. “But we have other ways to earn the loss and right now we have to think about the public and their economic situation,” he stressed.