Power cut at Consular Affairs Division stokes public tensions
- Unpaid electricity bill blamed by officers
BY Buddhika Samaraweera
A tense situation arose at the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s Consular Affairs Division with the said division suspending its services for about three hours due to a power outage yesterday (7).
The power supply to the division located at the “Ceylinco House” building in Colombo Fort was cut off for several hours yesterday. Those who had gone there to seek services stated that the reason for the power outage, according to the said division’s officials, was that the electricity bill had not been paid.
A large number of people who wish to go abroad for various purposes such as education and employment, visit the division for activities such as the attestation of certificates. Accordingly, those who had gathered there yesterday strongly protested against the suspension of services.
However, at around 11.30 a.m. yesterday, the power supply was restored and the services had resumed.
Attempts to contact the said division proved futile.
The division provides consular and other services to the public and caters to the consular and other related needs of Sri Lankans who intend to travel abroad for employment and studies, and also to foreigners as appropriate.