Backup Power

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

Sri Lanka’s monopoly power utility was scrambling to restore power late Monday evening after two transmission lines tripped causing an islandwide blackout. Sri Lanka’s monopoly power utility was scrambling to restore power late Monday evening after two transmission lines tripped causing an islandwide blackout. The Ceylon Electricity Board’s engineers said that powerlines running from Victoria to Kotmale got knocked off for about 30 minutes early Monday evening.

The last all island blackout occurred on May 13, 2004.

The CEB is still investigating the cause, for the failure.

Usually nationwide power failures are rare in well maintained grids.

The power utility is in dire financial straits, losing around Rs 15 bn in 2004.

The workers and the government are now locked in a battle over proposed reforms to the state owned utility.

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