The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal presented by Minister Ravi Karunanayake to introduce measures to save electricity in the country, including steps such as switching off two light bulbs at every home for a period of 3 months.
The government said that although the daily electricity requirement of the country is 2,600 MW, the maximum supply capacity is only 2260 MW due to dry weather conditions.
As a result, there is a shortage of 340 MW from the electricity requirement on a daily basis.
In order to reduce that deficit, scheduled power cuts are being imposed in all parts of the country for around 4 hours per day while with the intention of facing this shortage the Minister of Power and Energy Ravi Karunanayake had submitted a cabinet paper with regard to using electricity sparingly.
This proposal has received the approval of the Cabinet, the government announced today.