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* Sri Lanka power authority appeals people to use electricity economically
Sun, Feb 23, 2014, 10:17 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's power authority Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) appealed to the people to use electricity wisely as a severe drought has dried up the hydropower reservoirs amid the reduced output from thermal power generators.

Deputy General Manager of the CEB for the North Western Province M.P.S. Karunaratne speaking to the state-run radio pointed out that savings from the economic use of electricity by the consumers can be utilized for the development activities in the country.

He said that the government is in the process of fully supplying electricity to all areas of the North Western Province by the end of the year.

About 150,000 households in the North Western Province will be supplied with electricity this year, the official said adding that seven consumer service centers have been setup in the Province to provide an efficient customer service.

Pointing out that that the government is spending a huge amount for electricity generation each year and the CEB has to use more expensive thermal power currently due to the prevailing drought, the official asked the public to use electricity sparingly.

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