Electricity tariff will not be hiked.

Ranjith SiyambalapitiyaPower and Renewable Energy Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya said to Sri Lankan media that the government has no plans to increase the electricity tariff or impose power cuts; but he has requested consumers to use electricity with responsibility.

The country recorded the lowest rainfall in 10 years this year.  The government has recently made a decision to stop the Sampur Coal plant.  Hydroelectricity contributes 75 percent of the national power requirement whereas this year, hydroelectricity contributed only 25 percent.

Minister said it would be better if power could be generated by way of renewable energy. He said the government is taking measures to generate a considerable proportion of electricity through renewable energy under the Soorya Bala Sangramaya project.

While promising that the government will not impose power cuts or increase tariffs; he said electricity consumers should reduce power consumption and reduce their electricity bills due to this.

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