Sri Lanka power regulator dismisses fears of impending power crisis

Sri Lanka’s power regulator Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) yesterday dismissed fears of an impending power crisis and assured that power can be supplied through emergency power, and various other mechanisms.

“There is no power crisis. Capacity is there and there is possibility to purchase thermal power from the private sector or can be supplied through the emergency power and various other mechanisms,” PUCSL Director General Damitha Kumarasinghe told media Wednesday.

Kumarasinghe however pointed out that the issue was with the cost and not with the supply of power. “It is not an issue of providing 24×7 power supply, but the problem is with the cost.”

President Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday instructed the PUCSL to take the necessary steps to promptly implement the long-term power generation plan for the time period of 2018-2037.

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