President fortified power sector
Nov 18, 2010 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said the Norochcholai coal power project was a tangible reality of the Mahinda Chintana that has manifested itself on the ground. He said the Government’s aim was to make Sri Lanka a centre of power generation on the road to making it the Wonder of Asia.
The Minister was speaking at a ceremony after firing the boilers of the Norochcholai coal power plant Wednesday. He said the country’s power generation would be stabilized once the power produced at Norochcholai is added to the national grid.
He said President Mahinda Rajapaksa took bold measures after 2005 to establish a sound base from strengthening the country’s power sector. This is evident by his decision to construct three mega power plants. The Minister also gave an assurance that the people would no longer have to live in the dark in the next decade adding that he would increase the efficiency of the CEB ensuring a better service to the public. He noted that the inability of the Government owned power plants to generate adequate electricity to meet the demand compelled the CEB to purchase electricity from private companies.