Water and petroleum under PUCSL soon
Director General, Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL),
Damitha Kumarasinghe said the water supply and petroleum industries will
be brought under the Commission’s purview soon. He was speaking after
launching the Commission’s Activity Plan 2016 recently.
The Government through Budget 2016 provided policy and legislative
backing to broaden and strengthen the PUCSL by granting the Commission
regulatory powers of the water services and the petroleum industry,
enabling a more cost reflective transparent pricing mechanism.
The PUCSL launched the Activity Plan for 2016 to support long-term
goals which include increasing efficiency, quality of service and
enhancing technical standards and safety of the electricity industry.
The government has allocated Rs. 241.9 million for the program. These
measures will significantly improve the electricity sector, making it
fairer, more efficient and more growth-friendly through regulation and
monitoring, Kumarasinghe said.
“It was after a comprehensive consultation process, that we finalized
this plan. We adopt a systematic approach in drafting the activity plan
annually. This time, we recognized 12 long-term goals to be achieved by
the electricity sector, in line with the Electricity Act and the PUCSL
Act. We hope to implement various projects to achieve the goals. The
Draft Activity plan was open for public comments and the Commission
approved the final plan after considering the comments.”
The Commission has listed out a series of activities to improve the
standards of the electricity industry and hopes to conduct studies on
efficiency and reliability.
The Public Utilities Commission plays a pivotal role in the national
economy as the watchdog for the economic sustainability, safety and as
the technical regulator of the electricity industry.
The Commission also acts as the shadow regulator for the lubricant
The Commission ensures that the electricity sector in Sri Lanka has
adequate investments, greater availability, efficient supply, and
improved quality of services for consumers. The Commission also
regulates the generation, transmission, distribution, supply and use of