Govt. to extend emergency power purchase by six months

Emergency purchase of power will be extended by another 6 months as hydropower generation has come down to 20% due to the prevailing drought, Minister of Power and Energy Mahinda Amaraweera said today.

The proposal has been approved during the cabinet meeting yesterday, the Minister said.

The Cabinet had previously authorized the purchase of power under emergency power purchase for a period of 6 months.

According to Amaraweera the measures will cost the government Rs 21 billion.