Written by Staff Writer
16 Mar, 2016 | 2:51 pm
Military Spokesman Brig. Jayanath Jayaweera said that army troops have been deployed to provide security for all Ceylon Electricity Board installations, and substations in the country.
He added that the members of the three-armed forces were deployed on Wednesday morning following a request made by the Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy.
President Maithripala Sirisena, on Monday, directed that army troops be deployed to provide security for all Ceylon Electricity Board installations and substations in the country after an explosion in a transformer at the Biyagama sub-station which caused a country-wide power-cut.
The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says that the generators at the Norochcholai Power Plant will be put back into operation on Wednesday.
Secretary of the Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy, Suren Batagoda said that the generation of electricity will commence from Thursday morning and will add 300MW to the National Electricity Grid.
The Ceylon Electricity Board announced lengthy, daily power-cuts nationwide which will last for a total of seven and a half hours.
It said power cuts of five and half hour duration during the day, and two-hour power cuts during the night will be imposed throughout the country.
The power cut will be imposed on the ABCD zones into which the country has been divided into.
The Ceylon Electricity Board stated that the power outages will occur during specific time periods which are from 7 a.m. to 12.30 p.m, 12.30 p.m. to 6 p.m., 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. It also stated that the power cuts are being imposed as a result of the breakdown of the Norochcholai Power Plant.
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