Kesbewa UC is too broke to pay electricity bill

Published : 10:25 am  July 16, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (644) reads | 

Text and pics by Dayarathna Pathirana
Motorists complain that it is difficult to use the new Jaliyagoda Road, Kesbewa as the streets lamps do not function. The supply of electricity had been disconnected because the electricity bills that had been sent to the chairman of the  Kesbewa MC had not been paid since the road was ceremonially  opened.  


The bill for a month is more than Rs 200,000. It is extremely difficult  for an institution such as ours to pay such a bill
–Chairman Kesbewa MC


The Jaliyagoda Road was built to reduce traffic along the Kesbewa- Colombo Road. Running across a paddy field, the road has numerous bends. Motorists  said that the number of accidents and robberies have increased due to this reason.    
Speaking on the issue JVP Councillor Chamara Maddumakaluge said paying electricity bills was not a responsibility of the UC. “We don’t know why the bill was sent to us,” he said.

Chairman of the Urban Council Sumana Viviyan Ranaweera held another view. He said the electricity bill in arrears for road lighting was Rs. 1.7 million. “The bill for a month is more than Rs 200,000. It is extremely difficult for an institution such as ours to pay such a bill. We can resolve so many problems using these funds. However, I will direct the engineering division to pay at least a small part of the bill to have electricity resupplied to the area,” he said.