Six-month grade period for electricity consumers affected by the COVID—19 pandemic to pay bills

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a grace period of six months for the households and industries in areas isolated for more than two weeks due to COVID-19 pandemic to pay their electricity bills.

Considering the proposals made by the Minister of Tourism and Minister of power to provide relief for the payment of electricity and water bills to the institutions engaged in the tourism industry, following measures have been approved.

“The Cabinet of Ministers granted their approval to act as follows considering the proposals submitted by the Ministers of Electricity and Tourism in regard to the proposal submitted for providing relief for the electricity consumers affected due to the COVID—19 pandemic conditions as well as pertaining to the proposal submitted by the Minister of Tourism for providing relief to pay electricity bills and water bills for the establishments engaged in tourism industry due to the COVID—19 pandemic conditions.”

  • Provision of 06 months grace period from the date of the bill and avoid interruption of electricity connection for the domestic, commercial and industrial electricity consumers within the areas isolated for more than 14 days continuously in order to settle the electricity bills pertaining to the specified period.
  • Provision of the opportunity to settle electricity bills from the month of March to December 2020 of the film theatres registered under National Film Corporation in 12 equal instalments from the date of the relevant bill and avoid interruption of electricity connection until such time.
  • Provision of the opportunity to settle electricity bills and water bills piled up from the 01st of March 2020 to 28th February 2021 of the inns registered under Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority and thereof avoid interruption of both supplies.

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