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* Sri Lanka government ready to pay for power generators as severe drought depletes hydropower capacity
Wed, Jan 11, 2017, 10:49 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today assured that despite the currently prevailing severe drought in the country, there will be no power cuts and offered to purchase power from private power generators.

"There is a severe drought at present but we will not cut the power," Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy Ajith Perera said. "If there are power cuts we will inform the people but at present there is no need," he added.

This time the power generation capacity at hydro power plants has reduced to 35 percent due to the drought while in other years during this time it is 95 percent, the Deputy Minister noted.

"We have switched on the coal power plants also to face the drought," he said adding that anybody contributing power to the national grid will be paid Rs 36.50 per unit of electricity.

The Minister strongly requested the public to use electricity with care and not waste energy.

 


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