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An automatically controlled underground electricity grid and a control center for the Kandy city and adjacent areas in the Central Province was declared open by Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka on Friday (9).
Concurrent to the opening of the Control Center, a well protected underground power distribution network was introduced to the sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of Tooth Relic) in Kandy, in replacing the existing power distribution network under the patronage of Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka.
Prior to this, electricity was supplied to the Dalada Maligawa and adjacent areas via overhead cables, while the new underground cabling network is a much safer method, said minister Ranawaka. This underground cable network system will be established in all populated cities.
The CEB and ministry of power and energy had spent Rs. 80 million for the underground cabling of the Kandy city while Rs. 06 million had been spent for the underground cabling network of the Dalada Maligawa.
A special ceremony offering the water obtained from the initial release of the upper kothmale hydro power project was also held. 150 MW of power is expected to be added to the National grid by April this year, while the water releasing ceremony to the underground tunnel was held on 17 January.
The minister also praised the engineers who refrained from taking part in the work to rule campaign scheduled for 10 March, while appreciating their dedication and commitment.