Senior engineers of the Ceylon Electricity Board have warned that the Government`s plan, to obtain a cheaper supply of electricity from India, would backfire.
They said the Government had planned to enter into an agreement with India for the latter to provide electricity.
India would certainly provide electricity at a cheaper rate initially but later they would be certain to increase their charges, they told The Island yesterday.
CEB Engineers Union President Ananda Piyathilaka said the Government would have to be cautious in their dealings as signing such an agreement would certainly hamper any future decision by the Government to construct power plants. `If we are unable to find immediate solutions to our problems, India would then gain the upper hand.`
He said the Government would have to exert extreme caution in the construction of power plants and consider the staggering cost factor of such projects. `We do certainly appreciate the Government`s decision in going ahead with the Upper Kotmale and Norachcholai Power Plants.
But ad hoc decisions would certainly result in negative effects.`
Piyathilaka said he believed that planning and survey, prior to the construction of power pants is the key, as there was no point in having power plants earlier or later to supply the demand. What was necessary he said was to have power plants capable of meeting the demand at the right time.
Meanwhile, the focus, at the second SAARC Power and Energy Ministers Convention, will be on alternate solutions to energy crisis, Power and Energy Ministry sources said yesterday.
The three-day convention commenced on Tuesday in New Delhi.
During yesterday`s discussion it was decided to seek support from India and Pakistan in finding alternate solutions to the growing power crisis in the South Asian region.
Attention will also be focused on the power supply deal between India and Sri Lanka. Power and Energy Minister W. D. J. Seneviratne is expected to make a presentation today.
The first Power and Energy Ministers Convention took place on October 1, 2005 in Islamabad.