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Minister and PUCSL demand reports about countrywide power failure in three days

ECONOMYNEXT – The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has demanded that the Ceylon Electricity Board submit an investigative report within three days of today’s island-wide power failure.

A countrywide power failure that happened just as the new Minister for Power Dullas Alahapperuma took office left the country dark for nearly six hours.

His Ministry announced that a committee to investigate the breakdown and a report submitted to him within three days, Hiru News reported.

With traffic lights off, the Greater Colombo area’s usual traffic snarl became a nightmare, although the Police quickly deployed traffic officers to most intersections.

The Government Information Department said that a failure at the Kerawalapitiya Grid sub-station caused the cascading failures that began at 12:35 pm.

Sources said that substations were now being manually reconnected and some Colombo suburbs had power restored around 6 pm.

The CEB issued a public apology to the Sri Lankan people.

The PUCSL has written to the CEB General Manager that the island-wide power failure occurred at approximately 12:45 pm.

The letter signed by the PUCSL Director-General Damitha Kumarasinghe said that an investigative report should be submitted by August 20 and a detailed report on how a similar occurrence can be avoided by September 17. (Colombo, August 17, 2020)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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