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Sri Lanka schedules power cuts of 7.5-hours for March 03

ECONOMYNEXT – The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) said a 7.5-hour power cut be imposed for the second day running on March 02, with the state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) unable to issue enough fuel to run thermal power plants.

According to the outage schedule issued by the PUCSL, all areas will experience a five-hour power cut between 8.30 am and 6pm and a cut of two hours and 30 minutes between 6pm and 11pm on Thursday (03).

Download the March 03 power cut schedule: 03-03-2022-Power-Interruption-Schedule

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said, due to lack of fuel, the Kalenitissa power station, the and supplementary power stations in Mathugama, Thulhiriya and Kolonnawa are unavailable.

For Wednesday, there is a power deficit of 553 MW for day peak, 728 MW for the evening peak and 682 MW for the night peak.

“Therefore, 150 MW to be shed as per below schedule from Kosgama, Seethawaka, Athurugiriya, Kegalle, Thulhiriya, Maliboda, Kurunegala, Pallekele, Kiribathkumbura, Ukuwela, New Galle, Balangoda, Deniyaya, Embilipitiya, Hambanthota, Rathnapura, Matara and Beliatta GSS. (Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Part of the Central, part of the North West and part of the Western provinces),” the CEB said.

“And 400 MW to be shed as per below schedule in areas falls under T, U, V, W, P, Q, R and S groups.”

According to the CEB statement, officials have already advised the utility provider to limit the drawdown from Castlereigh, Mausakelle and Samanalawewa reservoirs due to decreased water levels.

The board noted that even if there is no thermal deficit, it will still be compelled to excessively utilize Laxpana and Samanalawewa generation to cater to present transmission constraints.

With the available fuel quantity, the CEB said, only the Sapugaskanda B power station and the Sojits power station have capacity to run for another 6.6 days and 3.9 days respectively while other plants do not have enough fuel for more than another 24 hours.

Feeders to water pumping stations, hospitals and Board of Investment (BOI) export processing zones are exempted from the manual load shedding scheme.  (Colombo/Mar02/2022)

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  1. cyril says:

    What are the areas A B C ???

  2. Ayashsrn Attygalle says:

    In which group should is nugegoda area falls

    1. Taj says:

      R group

  3. GRM says:

    It’s neither fair nor just that certain parts in Colombo and Kandy have NO scheduled power cut, whereas the rest of us have to lead our daily lives around a 7 hour power cut – guess it’s this type rationale is why we are where we are today – sadly.

  4. Gajaba Niroshan Wickramathilake says:

    this power cut crisis is just an simple act of theft by the president and the spineless ministers behind him who is eating up all the funds given to the government for utilization on required projects and maintaining the well-being of its valued citizens. such an disgrace to the entire Rajapakshe family for the theft acts they continue pursuing and ripping of the innocent civilians of Sri Lanka.

  5. Sunate maduranga says:

    Sunate maduranga

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  1. cyril says:

    What are the areas A B C ???

  2. Ayashsrn Attygalle says:

    In which group should is nugegoda area falls

    1. Taj says:

      R group

  3. GRM says:

    It’s neither fair nor just that certain parts in Colombo and Kandy have NO scheduled power cut, whereas the rest of us have to lead our daily lives around a 7 hour power cut – guess it’s this type rationale is why we are where we are today – sadly.

  4. Gajaba Niroshan Wickramathilake says:

    this power cut crisis is just an simple act of theft by the president and the spineless ministers behind him who is eating up all the funds given to the government for utilization on required projects and maintaining the well-being of its valued citizens. such an disgrace to the entire Rajapakshe family for the theft acts they continue pursuing and ripping of the innocent civilians of Sri Lanka.

  5. Sunate maduranga says:

    Sunate maduranga

Sri Lanka’s Ceylon Chamber links up with Gujarat Chamber

ECONOMYNEXT – The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce has signed an agreement with the Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI) to increase trade cooperation between India and Sri Lanka.

The MOU was signed by CCC CEO Buwanekabahu Perera, SGCCI President Ramesh Vaghasia, in the presence of Dr Valsan Vethody, Consul General for Sri Lanka in Mumbai, India.

“With the signing of the MoU, … the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and SGCCI aim to facilitate trade between the two countries via initiatives such as trade fairs and delegations, business networking events, training programmes,” the Ceylon Chamber said in a statement.

“This partnership will open doors for Sri Lankan businesses to explore opportunities in Surat’s dynamic market and enable the sharing of expertise and resources between the two regions.”

Established in 1940, SGCCI engages with over 12,000 members and indirect ties with more than 2,00,000 members via 150 associations. It promotes trade, commerce, and industry in South Gujarat.

The region’s commercial and economic centre Surat has risen to prominence as the global epicenter for diamond cutting and as India’s textile hub, and is ranked the world’s 4th fastest growing city with a GDP growth rate of 11.5%

Surat’s economic landscape is vibrant and diverse. As India’s 8th largest and Gujarat’s 2nd largest city, it boasts the highest average annual household income in the country.

The nearby Hazira Industrial Area hosts major corporations like Reliance, ESSAR, SHELL, and L&T. (Colombo/Jun18/2024)

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Sri Lanka telecommunications bill some clauses ruled unconstitutional by SC: Speaker

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has found a number of clauses in a proposed amendment to the Telecom Telecommunications Amendment bill unconstitutional, speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana said.

“Clause No 8, proposed section 9A 2 of the bill is inconsistent with Article 12 1 of the constitution, however this inconsistency shall cease if word ‘may’ will be replaced with word ‘shall’ as set out in the determination of the supreme court.”

“Clause No 9 is inconsistent with Article 12 1 of the constitution and only can be passed with special majority required under paragraph 2 of the Article 84. However, the inconsistency shall cease if clause is amended as set out in the determination of the supreme court.

Clause No 12, proposed section 17 10 of the bill is inconsistent with Article 12 1 of the constitution and can only be passed with special parliament majority required under Article 84 paragraph 2. However, the inconsistency shall cease if clause is amended as set out in the determination of the supreme court.”

Sections of clauses 13, 18, 20, 33 and 35 were also in violation of the constitution, and could only be passed by a special majority of parliament. (Colombo/Jun18/2024)

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Sri Lanka to exempt one house from imputed rent wealth tax: President

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will exempt one house from a proposed wealth tax outlined in an International Monetary Fund program, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

About 90 percent of the people’s houses are likely to be exempt from the proposed tax, he said.

“[O]ne house will be exempt from this,” President Wickremesinghe told parliament Monday.

“It is going to have a very high threshold and I do not think the vast majority of the people in this country should even be worried about their house

“Don’t worry your house will be safe.”

The IMF program document however did not mention an exempt on one house, but did mention a threshold.

Taxing houses and thrift in general could have detrimental effects on people’s well-being housing stock and their willingness to remain in the country without migrating, critics say.

Related Sri Lanka to tax imaginary rents on houses under IMF deal

The mechanism of imputed rents was used because rates on houses was assigned to provincial councils and courts could strike it down.

Opposition legislator Harsha de Silva said the Samagi Jana Balwegaya welcomed President Wickremesinghe’s statement. (Colombo/June18/2024)

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