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* Minister holds main opposition responsible for current power crisis in Sri LankaWed, Apr 24, 2013, 09:29 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Apr 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said today that the main opposition United National Party (UNP) governments were mainly responsible for the current power crisis.
Private power companies have embarked upon the generation of electricity as the UNP government had taken a policy decision to hand over electricity generation to the private sector in 1993, she told the national radio.
The Electricity Board was compelled to incur enormous losses continuously due to the purchasing of electricity from private companies at a higher cost and providing it to the consumers at a lower price, the Minister explained.
She said the current President has taken a policy decision in 2005 for the government to once again mediate in power generation. Accordingly, production at the Norochcholai and Kerawalapitiya coal powered power stations have begun.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) W.B. Ganegala said that there will not be any hesitation to bring before the law any person responsible for any fraud or irregularity in the power authority.
He assured that contrary to the claims made by opposition parties, the equipment at CEB have been purchased in accordance to the correct tender procedures and methodologies.
It will become possible for the Norochcholai coal powered power station, under its second and third stages, to add further 600 megawatts of electricity to the national grid in next October and December, the Chairman said.
The President earlier said that the electricity rate hikes are temporary and rates will go down when additional power is added to the national grid.
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