CEB and Ministry to tackle power piracy problem
There are talks at the CEB (Ceylon Electricity Board) and the
Ministry of Power and Energy about how to tackle the problem of
electricity piracy that has been going on unabated islandwide, causing
heavy financial losses to the CEB, rather the government coffers.
Reportedly, the government agency responsible for lighting the
country and providing power to its industrial sector has been losing
over Rs. 10 million monthly as a result of electricity piracy.
The investigation unit of the CEB has pointed out that a large number
of unscrupulous businessmen and domestic electricity consumers in the
island have been involved in high-tension wire tapping or manipulating
electricity meters, adding that catching them remains a tough job.
Large-scale textile factories and other types of industries
especially in the North and the East were also found consuming
electricity distributed by the CEB through wire-tapping or manipulating
meters, the investigating unit indicated.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Power and Energy has instructed the CEB to
strengthen the 'investigation unit' so that more and more culprits will
be caught by it.