Islandwide blackout in two weeks – Jayalal
By J.T. De Silva and Chamara Amarasooriya
There would be an inevitable islandwide blackout within the next two weeks, the Convener of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) United Trade Union Alliance, Ranjan Jayalal said.
He added the CEB is operating in violation of the CEB Act by not taking sufficient measures to ensure an uninterrupted power supply.
Jayalal observed that as a result, the country would encounter an economic crisis worse than the lockdowns imposed during Covid-19 pandemic, while stating that the smooth operations of industries, State institutions and private Companies would be severely hampered.
He further noted that if the public is paying for electricity consumption, they should be entitled for compensation during power outages, while adding that amidst the persisting power crisis, CEB is continuously involved in fraudulent tenders.
Upon inquiry the additional Secretary to the Ministry of Power, Sugath Dharmakeerthi, refuted claims of a 24-hour power cut, while acknowledging the existence of a power crisis and the possibility of power outages when it becomes necessary and that such issues would systematically be resolved.