Water levels still insufficient

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Though the inter-monsoon conditions were establishing in the country, the water levels in the hydro power generating reservoirs were not sufficient, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Deputy Chairman, Anura Wijepala said yesterday (11).

He said: "The rainfall in the hydro catchments has yet to come although rains are being experienced in some other parts of the country. As inter-monsoon conditions are establishing we expect enough rain."

Wijepala said that the required rainfall was not received in the hydro catchments of Samanalawewa, Victoria and Rantambe reservoirs.

Victoria has 7.1 percent of its capacity, Randenigala 10.1 percent, Rantambe 21.6 percent, Bowathanna 33.5 percent, Samanalawewa 10.1 percent and Udawalawa 3.6 percent.

Meanwhile, Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said that CEB incurred a daily loss of Rs. 200 million and 80 per cent of the loss was due to the electricity generated through thermal power owing to a drop in hydro generation. The CEB incurred a loss of Rs 3 billion per year to provide electricity to the Jaffna Peninsula alone. In addition, the CEB was also burdened by those tapping electricity illegally, and the cost of maintaining street lamps, the Minister added.

The Minister said that it cost around Rs. 150 per night to maintain each streetlamp, and the accumulated annual cost is around Rs 1,200-1,400 million.

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