Drought is not emergency, says CEB Official
Says Power Ministry’s letter authorising EPP during drought illegal
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.