Sri Lanka’s Power and Energy Minister proposes controlling street lights to address power crisis

Aug 02, Colombo: Power and Energy Minister of Sri Lanka Patali Champika Ranawaka says the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) incurs an annual loss of Rs. 2.673 billion due to power costs on street lights.

Ranawaka says that a majority of the street lights were illegal. Out of the 700,000 street lights island wide, 400,000 were illegal, he has said.

The government reportedly spends Rs. 200 per day to maintain a 250kw street light. The Power and Energy Ministry says the street lamps use around 150 megawatt hours per month.

In a bid to address the power wastage issue, the Minister has proposed that street lights be lit from 7 p.m. till 5 a.m.

According to Ranawaka, the proposal made by him to the local government bodies would help address the power crisis as well as to curtail CEB expenses.

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