Power piracy : CEB collects Rs 213 m as fines
The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Special Investigation Unit
officials collected Rs 213 million as fines imposed on power pirates
during operations carried out throughout the island last year.
This amount was made up of Rs 38.1 million as court fines and Rs
173.8 million as outstanding dues, totaling Rs 211.9 million.
The number of power pirates reported last year has seen a 50 percent
drop compared to 2011. Over 8,550 incidents of power piracy were
reported during 2011 and it dropped to 3,569 last year. Nine hundred and
sixty six among them were reported in the first quarter of last year and
it dropped to 722 in the last quarter, CEB sources said.
The raids were conducted by the CEB Special Investigations Unit.
Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said a colossal
amount of income is deprived to the CEB due to the theft of power and
other electricity related malpractices.
All measures are in place to disconnect illegal power lines from next
month. Those nabbed twice for power piracy will not be given electricity
connections, he said.
The Special Investigations Unit was established and strengthened to
conduct raids to reduce both external and internal malpractices. The
Power and Energy Ministry implemented a number of power conservation
programmes including Today for Tomorrow ( Heta Wenuwen Ada ).
The Power and Energy Ministry called for public assistance to nab
The ministry said the public can inform about power pirates on