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 Post Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:13 am 
A loss of Rs. 45 million a day for CEB
Pirating costs CEB a shocking Rs. 100 million annually

By Poornima Weerasekara
@ DM / 21MAR2006


The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) suffers an annual loss of Rs. 100 million because of illicit means of tapping into the national grid.

According to CEB officials the culprits are mainly businesses and not households. Malicious alterations of electrical metres and tapping into the national grid without paid connections were the key means of electricity theft.

CEB sources stressed that the accumulated debt as at December 31, 2005, which has not yet been recovered amounts to over Rs. 9.6 billion.

This constitutes Rs. 502 million due from government institutions, Rs. 635 million from semi-governmental institutions and Rs. 2,310 million from the private sector, all in the bulk user category. Rs. 4,842 million is due from household consumers while the street lighting bill amounts to Rs. 768 million.

The CEB is also planning to write of Rs. 260 million as bad debts from bulk users and Rs. 580 million from household customers.

The 2006 billing cycle for the CEB is yet to be finalised. CEB sources confirmed that that it would be completed next week.

Power and Energy Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne recently urged the public not to hinder CEB raids by using political influence. He also highlighted that using such undue influences was an offence under the Bribery and Corruption Act.

Surprise raids by the CEB in Colombo, Galewella, Dambulla, Laggalla, Horana, Ingiriya, Bandaragama and Akkaraipattuwa have helped the board to recover more than Rs. 20 million already.

The Minister urges the public to inform of any misappropriation of electricity through hotlines 2422259 and 2681273.

The CEB is currently incurring a loss of Rs. 45 million a day due to subsidies. They are also burdened with a Rs. 90 billion debt.


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