Mar 18 (LBO) – Energy consultant Thilak Siyambalapitiya joins in the lively debate on the link between electricity usage and Sri Lanka’s decision to turn back the clock after ten-years. Hence the reasons to retain the present timing at GMT+6 are very strong indeed.
There is absolutely no truth in the reported claim that school children find it inconvenient in the morning at the present clock.
Prior to 1996, we were at GMT+5Â½ and the schools started at 7.30 am.
Now we are at GMT+6 and most schools start at 8.00 am.
Therefore, if a student leaves home for school at 6.30 am, the amount of daylight is exactly the same now as he enjoyed before 1996.
In certain periods of the year, the mornings were dark anyway before 1996, and they are dark today as well.
In certain provinces, schools officially begin later than 8 am anyway, to account for difficulties in transport.
The worst hit by the proposed adjustment of the clock would be the electricity customer.
Over 72% of households in Sri Lanka now use electricity for lighting.
They would be compelled to use lighting for Â½ an hour more in the evening, with a small reduction in the morning.
The estimated increase in