The Ceylon Electricity Board (CRB) collected Rs. 212 million as fines from power pirates during raids conducted last year, Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.
The minister said 3,199 people were found guilty of power pirating CEB sources said some had altered electricity meters while Others had tapped power illegally.
Minister Ranawaka said the government has taken measures to provide electricity to 96 percent of the people considering access to power is a right of the masses. “Illegal power tapping causes damages to the CEB as well as to the national economy.” he said. Ministry officials requested the public to inform of power pirates on 2422259.