Local News Sri Lanka: The reason behind the recent electricity bill crisis is the lack of awareness on the topic among consumers, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says.
CEB officials reported this clarifying the issue to Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera at a press conference on the payment of electricity bills held today (24).
They point out that household electricity usage is comparatively higher in the months of March , April, and May than in February.
According to CEB officials, claiming that the latest bill released for electricity consumption is accurate, although it may seem as though it is exorbitantly high, the bill was measured only the amount of units consumed during the time span.
Commenting on the matter, Minister Amaraweera pointed out that each user of electricity has his own account at the CEB, and all bill payments are deposited into that account.
Therefore, even if a consumer pays more than the due charge, the money doesn’t go to waste as the excess amount from their next bill is reduced.
CEB further stated that even if electricity bills are paid for March , April, and May, additional charges will not apply. This does not, however, apply to the June electricity bill, as the country has returned to normal.
Just 50 percent of consumers officially paid their bill for April, while the consumers accounted for 65 percent of May bills and more than 90 percent of June bills.
Although the power supply will not be disrupted due to delays in payments for the months of March , April, and May, the case will not be identical for consumers who have paid the electricity bills since January, CEB said.