CEB won't burden public - Minister
The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) will not burden the public even
though it incurred a loss of Rs.68 billion last year. Increase in power
generating costs, climatic changes and power piracy has also contributed
in a negative manner to this situation.
"We will take measures to recover the loss incurred, but, not at the
expense of the public", Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi
The minister was addressing the CEB staff after assuming duties as
the new Power and Energy Minister.
"The CEB is an institute which provides an essential public service.
Therefore, earning huge profits is not practical in such institutions.
Providing an effective, quality and continuous service is the main
responsibility of such institutes like the CEB. But, measures will be
taken to reduce the CEB's loss, "she explained.
"The electricity sector has gone through trying times in the recent
past, especially due to climate changes and rise in global oil prices.
prices. Hydro power is the most inexpensive power generating source in
Sri Lanka. The country faced a prolonged drought last year, and we
should pay attention to using cheap renewable energy sources. This will
reduce power generating costs. The public too should be educated on
following an energy conservation programme while stringent measures
should be taken against power pirates," Minister Wanniarachchi said.