The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) – the electricity sector regulator, filed a Fundamental Rights application in the Supreme Court yesterday seeking an order directing the authorities to expedite the process of generating electricity and to supply fuel to ensure a continuous supply of electricity.
The Commission has cited the Ministry of Finance, the Minister of Power and Energy, Monetary Board, Governor of the Central Bank, the Ceylon Electricity Board and all other stakeholders of Government institutions as respondents.
In its petition, the Commission says that it has advised the relevant authorities from 2016, to take necessary steps to avoid a future power crisis and none of the institutions have taken any steps in this regard.
The Commission noted that this situation has led to the present power crisis.
In the Petition, it was also stated that, due to the interruption of the electricity supply, the public are undergoing tremendous hardships and therefore the Public Utilities Commission has sought interim orders directing the Minister of Finance, the Secretary of the Treasury and the Governor of the Central Bank to allocate $200 Million to purchase fuel and also directing the relevant ministers and authorities to expedite the process of generating electricity and to supply fuel. The Petition was filed through Mr.G.G.Arulpragasam Attorney-at-Law