PM orders probe into power cuts during local New Year
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday instructed authorities to submit a report over the sudden power cuts in some parts of the country during the local New Year. Sri Lanka celebrated its traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year this week but many electricity consumers complained to the Prime Minister that they were faced with power outages despite an assurance from the government of uninterrupted power supply during the New Year season. Sri Lanka’s power sector has been facing a crisis in the recent months with three nation wide power failures reported since September last year. The latest country-wide breakdown was reported on March 13, with power cut off for more than seven hours, the longest power failure to be reported in Sri Lanka in 20 years.