The Government has unveiled a new project to provide electricity to the war-torn Northern region with the assistance from the Asian Development Bank and the Government of Japan. This report has been filed by our representative Sasanka Dias on the launching of the Scheme
President of the Asian Development Bank Haruhiko Kuroda participated in this event as the Chief Guest. It is a notable feature that he undertook his first visit to Sri Lanka to participate in this project which is assisted by his Bank. Minister Basil Rajapaksa inaugurated the project at a ceremony held yesterday in Kilinochchi.
Speaking at the ceremony Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka opined that the government was giving top priority to rebuilding the damaged infrastructure in the North and East. It hopes to strengthen relations between the North and the South of the country through the restoration of the Jaffna-Vavuniya main power line devastated by the terrorists.
The electricity supply will be extended in two phases, one from Vavuniya to Kilinochchi, and the other from Kilinochchi to Chunnakkam in Jaffna. The Vavuniya-Kilinochchi phase is funded by the Japanese government while the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is to fund the second phase of the project from Kilinochchi-Jaffna.
The project is expected to be completed in 2012. The project carried out under the ‘Uthuru Wasanthaya’ programme is estimated to cost 2 billion rupees.
Several Parliamentarians and many foreign diplomats were among those present.