Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said that consumers were unable to pay electricity bills from February onward, due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country. Therefore, the grace period has been extended.
The Minister has advised the CEB to ensure that consumers will not face disconnection during this grace period.
The Minster admired the service of the staff attached to the Norochcholai power plant, for continuously providing more than 60 per cent of the country’s energy demand in this outbreak.
He further said that there is no decision for any power cuts, power failures or rate hikes as well to increase fuel prices in the face of the current situation.
Earlier, consumers were granted a grace period until the end of March to pay their electricity bills. However, the Ministry considering the prevailing situation in the country extended the grace period until April 30.
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