Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has clarified the facts regarding the electricity bill of the house where he was staying at Sarana Road, Colombo 07.
He said in a Twitter message that the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) had sent them informal and unusually high levels of electricity bills and that they had been asked on several occasions but had not received any response.
Keheliya Rambukwella states that he came to live in this house in 2015. At that time the average electricity bill of a house was Rs. He says that the level was between 25000 – 30000 and that he paid the bills as the limit was reasonable. However, he later saw an unusual increase in electricity bills and in some cases he received bills of Rs. 100,000, Rs. 1.5 million and Rs. 200,000 and at one time received a bill of Rs. 760,000.
He said he had written to the Ceylon Electricity Board on two occasions to clarify the situation, and had called them several times but had not received a positive response.
He further stated that the electricity bill of this house came in the name of various persons and not in his own name and it was a serious problem for him as he could not at least show such bills in his income statement or make any other recovery. He recalls that a similar situation arose with regard to his water bill but it was rectified as soon as they were informed.
Meanwhile, Keheliya Rambukwella says that the CEB had sent him an electricity bill of Rs. 7 million last January and he had paid it but with that amount they had issued the receipt in the name of the person who had lived in the house before him.
Following a story on Social Media about an outstanding electricity bill invoiced to my residence, I would like to state the following with a video explanation. I trust this will empower you to make the right judgement & not give ear to misinformation & fake news. pic.twitter.com/kJday2qMvE— Keheliya Rambukwella (@Keheliya_R) February 25, 2022
He says that he paid such a large sum of money even in such a chaotic situation because he is a responsible person in this country.