“Key responsibilities regarding the electricity sector in Sri Lanka are lying on the Public utility commission. These responsibilities include the assurance of whether the sector has adequate investments, greater availability, efficient supply, and improved quality of services for electricity consumers. The commission also regulates the power generation, transmission, distribution, supply and use of Electricity. The commission has been in operation from 2009. But only in two instances they have gazetted and enforced as laws. The proposals by the public utility commission can be legalized only through a gazette by the subject minister. Recently proposals made by public utility commission will be gazetted after 7 years and legally enforced. Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya says a special set of laws had been gazetted with regard to the safety of the public in the field of power transmission and distribution.” said Mr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya the minister of power and sustainable energy at the regional development committee meeting held in Galigamuwa divisional secretariat.
The minister further said,
“With the challenges faced in the last March, we realized the importance of the safety and security of electricity distribution system and the need to improve the quality while maintaining an uninterrupted power supply. The public utility commission has proposed a number of matters to provide uninterrupted power supply. The new laws will help to improve the power supply in the country. It will be an important factor to maintain an efficient electricity system in the country.”