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Electricity tariffs will go up by about seven percent from November 1, with no price change for domestic users who fall under the 90 unit band. Electricity tariffs will go up by about seven percent from November 1, with no price change for domestic users who fall under the 90 unit band. The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) had asked for a flat Rs. 7.70 for domestic users. But cabinet had watered it down, as about 75 to 80 percent of domestic users fall under the 90-unit category.

Under the new scheme, units between 91-180 will cost Rs. 11.40 (from Rs. 10.60), while units over 180 will be charged Rs. 16.40 (from Rs. 15.80).

The CEB had proposed units between 31-60 to be raised to Rs. 4.00 (from Rs. 3.70) and 61-90 units be hiked to Rs. 5.50 (from Rs. 4.10).

The tariff hike was revealed to the State media by Cabinet spokesman Mangala Samaraweera, who asked journalists to ‘soft peddle the issue’ due to its political sensitivity.

Samaraweera claimed that 2.7 mn domestic customers used under 90 units, while 2.1 mn people used between 91-180 units.

With Rs. 65 bn in debts piled high, state power monopoly, is desperate for a tar