Major Strategies, Achievements and challenges faced by her
During her period of service in CEB she has undertaken many tasks. When she was Deputy General Manager (Commercial) she was responsible for the task of handling all consumer related matters. She handled all commercial matters which included preparation of the Tariff system of CEB. This task is a very complicated matter as the determination of tariff is directly affecting the entire population of the country and the Revenue of the CEB. This decision is directly affecting the profitability and the future growth of the CEB . She handled this task very efficiently.
As Deputy General Manager (Planning & Development) Distribution Region 1 of CEB she had to handle the entire Rural Electrification (RE) work of CEB. The rural electrification projects are usually funded by donor agencies by way of loans or grants. Initially she had to do a survey to decide the RE schemes and had to coordinate with all the Members of Parliament. Out of the proposals made by Members of Parliament the RE schemes are selected based on the requirement of the area and the Economic Inter Rate of Return (EIRR). She had to devote herself fully for the timely completion of the projects. To do this she had to mobilize all the required resources within CEB. Material procurement is done by competitive bidding process which is a very cumbersome task. During this period she completed seven (7) RE projects successfully. This created the avenues to increase consumer base of CEB which is now 81%.
She also undertook the task of preparing the Corporate Plan of CEB which she has completed successfully and is being updated at present.
She has undertaken many System Development Work in order to reduce the system losses. Earlier the system losses were around 20% of the total generation and it has been reduced to 15%. Further Development programs are being implemented throughout the island.
She has initiated automated reading (AMR) in Region 1, so that the electricity thefts are reduced and the meter can be read without visiting locations. This facilitated the instant reading of meters and the issuing of bills with 99.9% accuracy and the valuable time of the Area Engineers and Electrical Superintendents are saved.
She has also taken steps to restore the supply in Jaffna peninsula within a limited time period. She undertook this task with greatest difficulties due to logistic problems such as transport of material, installation of generators for the power supply and construction of HT and LT lines and substations. At present the people of Jaffna peninsula are enjoying power supply throughout the day.