25 October, 2020

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CEB Promises Uninterrupted Power, As Substation Catches Fire

The Ceylon Electricity Board has assured that it will provide uninterrupted electricity to the country, despite a fire breaking out at the grid substation in Kotugoda, this evening.

Anura Wijayapala

Anura Wijayapala

CEB Chairman Anura Wijayapala said that alternative arrangements have been made to ensure an uninterrupted power supply to the country.

Meanwhile, deputy power and energy minister Ajith P Perera has not ruled out sabotage of Sunday’s explosion in Biyagama, which resulted in over a 7 hour long nationwide blackout, and subsequently power cuts daily till Thursday.

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    Similarity in explosions confirms same hand at it again. Weakness in governance will invite many more as it is very tempting for saboteurs..

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      As an electrical engineer himself he knows he can not promise uninterrupted supply … This is not any sabotage or any weakness in management of CEB. This is the result of the anger from the protectors of the nation from above. Promising uninterrupted supply, blackouts would not just go away … As far as I know about Anura P, he is a genuine guy but used by Champaka for his benefit … Best thing for him to stick to his resignation … Or he and all the CEB management face the interrogations by FCID who has no idea about electricity … They might even ask where the supply during blackout as generators are there and prosecute them for ‘pocketing electricity’ …. Just bulshiiting like Champaka with ‘talk’ would not cover you as you know …. These guys like Champaka will definitely cover the failures of the government by putting the blame on officials … I do not have to warn Anura P as he himself knows the low morality of the clique of Champaka R.

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    Similarity in explosions confirms same hand at it again. Weakness in governance will invite many more as it is very tempting for saboteurs.

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    the only thing uninterrupted will be the minister’s and chairman’s salaries.

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    aclear warning not to try the same stunt with namal as with yositha.

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    Did we not have a brief era, apart from during the JVP insurgence, in the past the similar happened? Taking into account that the military was deployed to protect the sites this incident raises concerns of serious national security failures. If MR is sponsoring these acts of terror, he should not be out their screaming from a stage in front of thousands of supporters. If any other element is responsible for this, and government is failing to track down the culprits, that is very concerning to general public.

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    There is excess capacity in the grid with Norochacholai coming online.

    With a surge of power and corroded wiring, transformers can explode, causing extensive damage.

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    The Daily Mirror of 16th March carried a picture of women at the Ministry of Power and Energy in a praying position. That says it all.

    Prayer will bring back our power supply.

    Then, one day, we will see the light.

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      spring koha

      what is the use of prayer when opposition is using matara magic and coconuts.

      there are times when god wins and times when lucifer the powerful angel that tries to topple god wins.

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    CEB should encourage electricity generation by the consumers. They can provide free net-meters and solar panels/small wind turbines on monthly easy payments. Rather than importing finished products from India and China, the government should arrange manufacturing solar panels and wind turbines in Sri Lanka. If Sri Lanka had manufactured three-wheelers we could have avoided Bajaj family becoming billionaires through Sri Lankan foreign exchange.

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    When we have a good Chairman, he should be vested with more powers to control the CEB without allowing Ministers to do the managers role. Now, after this ecperience, it looks like having a foolish Minister and a clever Chairman among us.

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    I am not an Electrical engineer but curious to find out whether the equipment is rated to handle the high ambient temperature currently experienced in SL? Is the cooling system properly functioning?

    Didn’t this chairman resign few days back?

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      Yes! There are many causes and ambient temperature is one …
      Even though I am not a believer of anything, you tend to think there are some events you can not explain … At least the frequency of them happening … Transformers catching fire, lightening of course can occur at any time … But, frequency of happening those within short time and the events attribute to ‘not happened in last twenty years’ are things keep wondering me … In insurence world, they name some events like tsunami, cyclones, flooding as ‘gods acts’ and they use those as to increase premiums to cover those or not paying … and people do not oppose the name …

      In this case, I tend to think …
      whoever protects the country from above ( many in SL believe this and even Israelis believe their country is protected by the God if you just tend to ridicule Srilankans only) had acted to kick at the back of Srilankans to wake up to see where their country is heading ….

      Anura W had of course given resignation and not accepted … As I said in other comment, he seems to be genuine fellow. But he knows politicians like Champaka who would not hesitate do any immoral thing to benefit him. AW may know how CR funded his last election campaign …

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    It is evident that the overstaffed CEB can never supply uninterrupted reasonably priced power to citizens.
    It is top heavy and most of the financial resources is wasted on salaries of the bloated workforce.
    It is said that there are hundreds of engineers, electrical/mechanical/civil drawing fat salaries for doing nothing daily.
    This situation needs pruning.

    It is high time expertise is obtained from a country which runs many electricity generation projects, profitably.
    India is one such.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electricity_sector_in_India

    Unless this is done, our future generations are doomed.

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      Hi! Justice – Indian who uses highway as a toilet,

      Read this article in Sep2015 my friend or just google for ‘India blackout’ …

      //www.ndtv.com/bangalore-news/why-bengalurus-power-cuts-are-the-worst-in-25-years-1216347?site=full

      It starts
      “…. BENGALURU: Bengaluru is witnessing the city’s worst power crisis in 25 years – one that means at least four hours of blackout every day in India’s IT capital….”

      *******
      At least 4 hour blackouts EVERYDAY in IT capital! …
      Oh! My god! So, you want us to get advise from the country which had the record of biggest ‘highway toilet’….

      You should read more, Justice … Do not waste time in writing … Save it to read …
      Do not ridicule a country from Southeast Asia where the electricity is best until these yamapalana guys come to power … They only run FCID to develop the country … God’s anger can not hide and gave srilankan fools the 8hour blackout in 20 years … It is only just consecutive two days of blackout time in India’s IT CAPITAL.

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    You can imagine how Universities are corruptive. Getting somebody from University as Chairman to CEB, CEB became place for corruption. First check and clean place he came that is Moratuwa: Paper tiger. 33% of deans (IT and Archi.) do not have PhDs.This is recipe for disaster.

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      Is this broad brush comment adequately researched?
      Can Devasiri come up with infallible recruitment criteria?

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    SL needs to find smart electrical engineers having hands on experience (Not Academics with PhD) on the subject matter to resolve this issue. Please extend an open invitation to local and expat engineers and form committees to brainstorm to find sustainable solutions. Please show them enough respect and I am sure there will be many volunteers ready help in this crisis situation.

    The way the things are happening today it is Power next it would be the water and sewerage crisis.

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    There was talk about nuclear energy, just imagine these idiots can’t manage a fairly simple outfit and giving a nuclear power plant will be so much worse than what happened at FUKUSHIMA.

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