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Twelve months grace period for film halls to settle electricity bills

The Power and Energy Ministry has given a grace period of 12 months upto December 2021 for cinema halls to settle electricity tariff delayed due to the Coronavirus.

Accordingly 197 cinema halls registered with the National Film Corporation and located throughout the country will be entitled to the concession to settle these electricity bills.

Accordingly, unpaid electricity bills from March to December 2020 can be paid in equal installments by the relevant cinema owners up to December 2021. Minister Dullas Alahapperuma has instructed the Ceylon Electricity Board to refrain from disconnecting electricity based on the arrears accumulated during this period.

Film Corporation Chairman Jayantha Dharmadasa said that due to the COVID-19 virus, the Sri Lankan film industry as well as many other industries were facing a major crisis, especially in view of the economic challenges faced by cinema owners and the prolonged deactivation of technical equipment, including modern digital projectors.

Power and Energy Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said the decision was taken after considering requests made in this regard.