The multi purpose transmission tower that connects north and south through telecommunication will be inaugurated tomorrow.
All TV transmissions to the North stopped following the capture of Kokavil transmission tower by the LTTE terrorists on 11th July 1990. The war heroes including Captain Saliya Aladeniya who guarded the transmission tower had to sacrifice their lives following several days of LTTE attack. The war heroes released the tower during the humanitarian operation and the construction work of a new tower commenced under the President’s instructions. The foundation stone was laid under the initiation of the then Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa under the patronage of Minister Basil Rajapaksa. The 174 metre tower is considered the highest tower in South Asia. The tower constructed by local technicians under the guidance of the Media Ministry has cost 450 million rupees. Funds were mainly provided by the ITN, Rupavahini Corporation and the SLBC following the intervention of the Director General of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Anusha Palpita. The tower constructed in a short period was constantly supervised by Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and Secretary to the Media Ministry W.B. Ganegala. The new Kokavil transmission tower that will be inaugurated by the President tomorrow is to become the centre that connects the North and the South through telecommunication. It will create a revolution in the field of TV, radio and mobile telephone based communication.