Sri Lanka has decided to stop operating nearly 50% of its countrywide street lamps in a bid to save energy amidst a growing energy crisis.
This means, out of the existing 800,000 street lamps only 400,000 will be switched on during the night hours.
The new measure will come into effect starting from tomorrow.
Ministry of Power and Energy says directions have been already given to Local Government Councils to stop operating 50% of the street lamps in their respective areas.
The new measure is aimed at conserving energy, as the country is facing a shortage of hydro power generated electricity, owing to less rain fall in the recent months.
Sri Lanka as of now generate most of its energy needs by burning high cost fuel thus putting pressure on the country’s oil import bill and also the electricity generation cost.
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