Drought is not emer­gency, says CEB Of­fi­cial

Says Power Min­istry’s let­ter au­tho­ris­ing EPP dur­ing drought il­le­gal

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY DAYASEELI LIYANAGE

Drought is not an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion as CEB of­fi­cials are knowl­edge­able of the cli­matic pat­tern of the coun­try and there­fore the in­struc­tions given by the Min­istry is il­le­gal

Since CEB of­fi­cials know the cli­matic pat­terns of the coun­try, the Power Min­istry’s let­ter al­low­ing the CEB to re­sort to Emer­gency Power Pur­chase dur­ing drought was il­le­gal, an of­fi­cial said.

He also said that the Cey­lon Elec­tric­ity Board (CEB) had no au­thor­ity to buy with­out call­ing for ten­ders.

“The Elec­tric­ity Act pro­vides for pur­chas­ing elec­tric­ity in the event of a sud­den break­down at a power sta­tion or dur­ing a nat­u­ral catas­tro­phe but there are no pro­vi­sions to de­vi­ate from ten­der

pro­ce­dures and pur­chase elec­tric­ity dur­ing drought sea­sons,” the of­fi­cial said.

“Drought is not an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion as CEB of­fi­cials are knowl­edge­able of the cli­matic pat­tern of the coun­try and there­fore the in­struc­tions given by the Min­istry is il­le­gal,” he said.

Mean­while, Prime Min­is­ter Ranil Wick­remesinghe has sent a let­ter to the CEB hold­ing CEB of­fi­cials re­spon­si­ble for any fu­ture power cuts, sources said.

It is also learnt that the CEB has to pay Rs. 15 bil­lion for the gen­er­a­tor leased for six months. The CEB has to bear the cost of diesel un­der this pro­ject as well.

How­ever, the gov­ern­ment had granted tax re­lief for to pro­ject.

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