Dec 27, Colombo: A consumer movement in Sri Lanka claims that the power monopoly Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has incurred a loss of Rs. 9.5 billion due to the closure of the Norochcholai coal power plant for a period of three months.
President of Lanka Electricity Consumers' Association, Bandula Chandrasekara said the people have to shoulder the burden of the massive losses incurred by the CEB.
Speaking of the problems faced by the Norochcholai coal power plant, Chandrasekara told the media that the main cause of the crisis was the transfer of control from a mechanical engineer to an electrical engineer.
He explained that although a coal power plant should be under the control of a mechanical engineer, the Norochcholai coal power plant was placed under the control of an electrical engineer.
Meanwhile, trade unions affiliated to the CEB have charged that the consumers should be made aware of the situation with regard to the Norochcholai coal power plant since they have to pay for the CEB losses.