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Submissions from the public on draft regulations for the Safety, Quality and Continuity of the electricity service could be sent to the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) till November 5, 2012, states a Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka release.

The release adds: "The PUCSL as the regulatory body for the Economic, Technical and Safety aspects of the electricity industry is entrusted with the protection of the public from dangers associated with the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity.

"In this regard, all who have obtained licences (Electricity Licensees), who have been exempted from obtaining licences (exempted parties) for the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity, sub-contractors as well as consumers should follow the proper procedures in the above-mentioned functions and use of electricity.

"The proper mechanism to ensure that the relevant stakeholders carry out their responsibilities is to implement the procedures as regulations.

Under the Sri Lanka Electricity Act No. 20 of 2009, the imposition of the regulations with regard to the Electricity Sector is vested with the Minister of Power and Energy and it is the responsibility of the PUCSL to recommend such regulations to the Minister and ensuring the compliance with such regulations by the respective parties once implemented. As such, the PUCSL has drafted the regulations on the Safety of electricity, service quality and continuity of supply.

"The proposed regulations will cover the following aspects:-

"The Quality Standards and Continuity of Electricity Supply

"The standards to be maintained by relevant stakeholders to ensure the safety of consumers from dangers that could occur during the functions of power generation, transmission, distribution, supply and use of electricity through power lines. Steps to be taken to minimize or completely eradicate threats to life and property that could occur during transmission, distribution, supply and use of electricity.

"The objective of this endeavour is to ensure that the rights of the consumer as well as to increase the quality of service in the electricity sector by implementing the above-mentioned regulations.

"The PUCSL has decided to consider the views of proposals of all stakeholders in the formulation of these regulations. Accordingly, opportunities have been provided to those interested in the submissions of the comments on draft regulations. Copies of the draft could be obtained from the office of the Public Utilities Commission or logging in to PUCSL website: www.pucsl.gov.lk

"The last day of forwarding written submissions is November 5, 2012. The revised draft regulations, formulated after studying all written submissions, will be approved by the PUCSL and is scheduled to be recommended to the Minister of Power and Energy in accordance with the Sri Lanka Electricity Act No. 20 of 2009. The regulations will come into force when the Minister of Power and Energy approves and such approved regulations are published in the government gazette.

The address of the PUCSL is: Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka, 6th Floor, Bank of Ceylon Merchant Tower, St. Michael's Road, Colombo 3. Telephone: +9411 2392607



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