The COPE questions authorities about the power breakdown
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 - 12:38
The Secretary to the ministry of the Power and Renewable Energy, CEB chairman, and its board of directors have been summoned before the COPE on March 24th.
The COPE will question the authorities asking for the reasons behind the power failures. They will also be questioned in relation as to why they failed to take preventative measures to avoid a recurrence of similar blackouts that had happened in the recent past.
Meanwhile CEB spokesman stated that measures are being taken to restart the Norochcholai Power Plant. He said refilling of the water tanks at the plant will begin at approximatley 5pm today.
He further said that the power plant will be fully operational by tomorrow morning.
Meanwhile in response to questions from our news team Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya confirmed that it is expected that power cuts could end by tomorrow.
However power supply was interrupted this morning once again in several areas throughout the island including Colombo and its suburbs.
The power cuts today were experienced as per the time table introduced by the ministry yesterday.
Consequent to the power cuts this morning, trading at the world trade centers Colombo Stock market was also temporarily interpreted for approximately half an hour due to a mechanical glitch that occurred with the WTC power generator.
Functions of several main economic centers including business institutions that are located in the building were disrupted.