The Ceylon Electricity Board and the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka are set to hold discussions prior to the PUCSL reaching a final decision on Wednesday regarding electricity tariffs.
Accordingly, CEB and PUCSL officials agreed to meet this afternoon (13) to discuss the matter.
The decision was informed when the National Council convened today (13) under the patronage of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana and Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.
The CEB Chairman said if the required percentage is not allowed to be increased in a background where the CEB demands a 60% increase in electricity tariffs, a serious crisis will arise.
Accordingly, the CEb Chairman said due to the lack of funds to import coal in the future a risk exists of longer power cuts.
The PUCSL officials meanwhile said arrangements are being made to announce the final decision on electricity tariffs on the 15th.
They claimed that data from the CEB and views of relevant stakeholders including the public have been obtained.
Attention was also directed to the PUCSL Chairman and Director General currently being overseas.
The PUCSL Secretary said the officials travelled overseas after obtaining approval several months ago and the Chairman and Director General intervened in all activities in full capacity.
The National Council said it is crucial to discuss the views of both the CEB and the PUCSL, reach a consensus and final decision.