The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka has recommended the conduct of an inquiry into the power interruption as a result of union action launched by the Ceylon Electricity Board on 9th of June.
The PUCSL said a cost of Rs.320 million has been incurred to operate fuel generated power plants at a time that hydro power plants could have been operated on the given day.
The PUCSL in a letter to Minister of Power Kanchana Wijesekera said the CEB failed to serve electricity between 4:30am and 8:45am on the 9th of June due to the stoppage of hydro generation as a result of the unplanned load shedding.
The PUCSL also charged that the CEB failed to operate the Wimalasurendra, Canyon, Old Laxapana, New Laxapana, Polpitiya, Upper Kotmale, Victoria, Randenigala, Rantambe, Ukuwela, and Bowatenna power plants as scheduled during the allocated time.
The letter adds that the operation of the Sojitz and Westcoast power plants out of the schedule incurred a cost of Rs.320 million.