| If demands not met
CEB warns of more
By Aisha Edris
The Ceylon Electricity Board’s Engineers Union (CEBEU) warned of
more blackouts in the future if the government fails to resolve
their problems soon.
CEBEU President J. Meegoda asserted that the engineers working
at the CEB were frustrated with CEB Chairman Udaya Kariyawasam.
“The Chairman does not allow the engineers to make independent
decisions and as a result they are not taking any decisions
regarding engineering matters,” he noted.
“The power failures in the last few months were not exactly due
to a failure of transmitters. The engineers in the area were not
allowed to take any decisions to improve the maintenance plan or
adopt any preventive methods. Due to that reason they were not
able to prevent the island-wide power failure,” he revealed.
Meegoda stressed that in the event they take any decision, the
Chairman blames them saying that they are misusing CEB money.
He further said that they were not allowed to bid for the best
quality goods for the CEB. “We have been asked to purchase goods
for cheaper prices but qualitywise, these are very poor,” he
Meanwhile, the CEBEU sent a letter to Power and Energy Minister
John Seneviratne, urging him to mediate to resolve the dispute
between the engineers and the Chairman.
Meegoda informed that the union would be meeting President
Mahinda Rajapaksa in the coming days to discuss their