The manner in which electricity tariffs will be revised is to be announced today. The Public Utilities Commission said that it will officially announce the electricity tariff revision in a press conference this afternoon.
The Public Utilities Commission had also taken steps to seek public opinion regarding the electricity tariff revision in the last period. The Public Utilities Commission stated that the new tariff revision will be done taking those suggestions and ideas into consideration.
In the meantime, the Ceylon Electricity Board has informed the Supreme Court that it will pay interest on the deposits collected from the customers in providing electricity connections. The government lawyer who appeared for the Ceylon Electricity Board made the notification when a fundamental rights petition submitted by the Electricity and Renewable Energy Consumers Association was called.
Under Section 28 of the Electricity Act, the petitioner has pointed out that the Electricity Board is bound to pay interest on the deposits charged for providing electricity connections. But the petitioner’s lawyer has indicated before the court that such payment will not be made. The government lawyer who appeared on behalf of the Ceylon Electricity Board has stated that he accepts the right of the consumer.
However, the government lawyer has stated that since his company is currently facing financial problems, it is not possible to pay the relevant interest. But the petitioner’s lawyer has pointed out that it is possible to deduct the relevant amount from the customers’ electricity bill. The Supreme Court has decided to recall the petition on October 4th to consider these matters.
The petitions were filed by Electricity and Renewable Energy Consumers Association, its president Mahesh Bandara Ilangasinghe, its secretary Prasad Bhatia Amarakon.