Let's overcome the power crisis
Electricity has turned out to be one of the
most essential facilities in modern Sri Lanka and when it breaks down
almost every activity in our homes, offices and industries come to a
standstill frustrating the electricity consumers throughout the country.
In fact today every aspect of our lives is controlled by electricity in
the same manner like how air is essential for our breathing. If we do
not think seriously about saving electricity right now, a great power
crisis will bring about a misery and inconvenience to consumers
throughout the country and it will also affect the country's economy.
Until recent times we had enough electricity but with a number of new
industries opening up in Sri Lanka and with the excess demand from
household consumers, today we do not have sufficient power to cater to
the ever increasing demand for more and more electricity and wavering
weather conditions such as prolonged droughts aggravate this situation
leading to a crucial national crisis. Something has gone wrong
drastically particularly with our weather patterns due to the unplanned
clearing of virgin jungles and from time to time we find ourselves
amidst an acute power crisis which affects all of us to a lesser or
greater degree. Whatever the causes for the power crisis are, we have
arrived at a situation where we should take immediate steps to overcome
Demand for electricity
With the present rate of development in the country and the ever
increasing demand for electricity in the immediate future, power cuts
would become a regular feature in Sri Lanka. Even though we are
progressing very much in the path of national development particularly
with the clearing of forests, some water resources in the country,
particularly in the hilly regions, have become depleted.
The continued maintenance of these water resources is very important
as they are really the nurseries of all our hydropower plants on which
we depend heavily for power generation.
It is prudent that we take measures to cut down the unlimited demand
for power in the country and also encourage alternative methods for
For instance, the estate sector should be encouraged to mobilize the
services of turbines and peltons that were widely used to generate
electricity in the good old days.
In designing new houses and large buildings, action must be taken to
see that they are not planned with much dependence on electricity even
It is pathetic that today's houses are so designed that they require
a great deal of electricity both for lighting (sometimes even during the
day time) and ventilation.
If we design houses with a lesser requirement of electricity the
country will be much benefitted in the long-run. Admirable examples of
neat and well ventilated houses with plenty of natural light seeping
into the houses can be got from old houses in some of our remote
Specially the people in the towns have become slaves to the use of
fans and some other electrical equipment which are really not essential
for the comfortable living in a country such as Sri Lanka which has a
very tolerable climate.
Surely, in a majority of the houses in Sri Lanka we can live
comfortably without the services of fans and air-conditioners which eat
up a bulk of the electricity produced in the country. In Sri Lanka most
people use these items to boost their status in the society in which
It is time that we turn to nature without depending on electricity
for everything. A very sensible solution is for us to get used to simple
ways of living without being slaves to electrical gadgets to do even the
simplest household chores. To add to this the demand for electricity has
swelled with the expansion of the tourist trade, industries, various
development projects and social mobility specially in the rural areas of
Specially the affluent people in the country do not seem to care very
much about the blessings of mother nature and they are solely dependent
on electricity. This is a sorry situation and we must turn to lasting
and simpler ways of living. It is only then that we could seek true
contentment in life both as individuals and as a progressive nation.
Though somewhat cumbersome our housewives too should learn how not to
rely entirely on electrical gadgets for their daily work.
Generally all consumers of electricity from the school going child to
the adult should be more careful in the use of electricity and should
make it a point not to waste electricity unnecessarily. If no remedial
measures are taken to conserve electricity Sri Lanka will soon come to a
situation where we will not have sufficient power even to cater to our