The connecting of the Jaffna peninsula to the national electricity grid after a period of 25 years will take place today under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapakse.
The President will also inaugurate the operation of the Killinochchi sub station of the Ceylon Electricity Board and the 132 KW transmission line from Vavuniya to Killinochchi today.
The Jaffna Peninsula is to be linked by way of 33KW transmission line from the Kilinochchi substation and construction of another 132KW transmission line from the Killinochchi substation to Chunnakam in Jaffna is in progress under the second stage of the project.
The tiger terrorists destroyed the total electricity network to the North on 6th October 1987 with the launching of operations against them by the Indian Peace Keeping Force. Since then up to now the Jaffna peninsula was not connected to the National electricity grid.
The Electricity Board completed the erection of the Kilinochchi high voltage transmission lines within a period of 2 years. 238 transmission towers have been constructed from Vavuniya to Kilinochchi. The government spent 3,200 millions rupees on this project.
An official of the Ceylon Electricity Board said that over 121,000 electricity consumers in the province will benefit by the project and plans are underway to open 24MW thermal power station next year to cater to the increasing power requirement of the people in the peninsula.
It is the objective of the government to provide electricity supplies to all households by the end of this year.
Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka addressing a media conference held last week to announce about today’s function said that the Electricity Board is not earning profit at present because the government’s objective is to supply electricity to everyone as a welfare measure and the ECB operation is not carried out on a profit earning basis.
Referring to the Sampur Coal Power Plant project, the Minister said that there is only a technical problem relating to the launching of the project and the Electricity Board is presently holding discussions to resolve this issue.
The Minister also disclosed that a 500 megawatt power plant will be established in Trincomalee and another power plant will be established in the Colombo district.
Courtesy : Government Information Department