Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Anura Wijayapala says he is ashamed of the three island-wide blackouts which occurred during last 6 months and that he takes responsibility for the outages.
The CEB Chairman says that he has decided to resign from his position once power is completely restored.
A sudden island-wide power outage occurred at around 2.30pm today (13) and the CEB is still in the process of restoring electricity to several areas.
This comes just weeks after a similar outage occurred on February 25, prompting the Prime Minister to appoint a five-member committee to investigate the incident.
The CEB had said that a possible lightning strike on a transmission line is believed to have caused the power failure which had also resulted in a breakdown at the coal power plant in Norochcholai.