Power cut in Jaffna peninsula likely to last for months

[TamilNet, Thursday, 28 August 2008, 14:13 GMT]
Problems encountered in procuring Sri Lankan Defence Ministry permission to take certain electrical components to Jaffna peninsula and the delay in shipping them may affect the ongoing arrangements to supply the needed electricity for the entire peninsula until early next year, Sri Lanka Electricity Board (SLEB) Jaffna officials said.

When Laxapana national electricity supply was suspended in 1990, electricity supply to the peninsula was taken over by the SLEB in Chu地地aakam.

The whole of last year electricity to the peninsula was supplied by the firms Agrico and Cool Air from Chu地地aakam electricity yard.

As the electricity generated in Chu地地aakam was insufficient to cater to the full need of the peninsula a power cut lasting for an hour and a half was imposed by the government in an alternative circulation arrangement covering the different areas of the peninsula.

Meanwhile, a firm entering into a contract to supply electricity to the peninsula had imported 6 generators from China and begun laying the foundation for them to be installed in Chu地誕akam electricity yard in the first stage of the project.

In the second stage 6 more generators were imported from Hong Kong to be installed but they being used ones repairs had to done, delaying the project that aimed completion by the end of 2008, sources in Chu地地aakam said.

Besides, certain electrical components required to establish supply lines could not be taken to Jaffna without the permission of the Defence Ministry which causes delay in shipping them.

Moreover, the time taken in shipping the necessary parts and components to Jaffna creates still more delay.

Due to the above situation the power cut currently being imposed in the peninsula will most probably last until early next year, according to SLEB Jaffna officials.


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