Written by Amani Nilar
04 Dec, 2021 | 7:52 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st); The General Manager of the Ceylon Electricity Board, R. M. Ranatunga states that there are suspicions whether the island wide blackout was caused intentionally, and whether there is a connection between the demands of trade unions and the power failure.
However, the President of the CEB Trade Union Collective, Malaka Wickramasinghe states that the the power outage occurred at around 11:30 a.m., which is not a time when a massive load is present in the system, therefore it is fair to assume as an act of sabotage. However, he added that if the engineers union is saying that this had taken place automatically, they must bear responsibility for this as if they cannot maintain the system while they are on duty, that is their problem.
News1st also inquired the Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Union’s President Saumya Kumarawadu of the action, and Kumarawadu said that the trade union action is not connected to the blackout. Speaking further, the trade union President also said that the trade union action surrounding the LNG deal was discussed with the Prime Minister today (04).
He noted that the Prime Minister had provided a favorable response to their demands.
When inquiring as to what steps has the Ministry of Power taken regarding the power outage, the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Power, Sulakshana Jayawardena said that after only conducting investigations, it can be clarified whether this was an act of sabotage or a technical fault.
Speaking further, Jayawardena said that they are conducting investigations to adopt the necessary legal measures regarding this matter, and are also inquiring to find out whether a certain entity is linked to this or whether this was caused by a technical fault.
Power failures have been reported in the country several times in the last month.
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