With the intention of fulfilling the electricity requirements of the Northern people minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka is currently on an inspection tour of the northern region.
The minister while on his tour also attended a progress review meeting to discuss the projects currently underway with Jaffna Mayor Imelda Sukumar, MP Chandrakumar, and Appadurai Vinyagamoorthi.
Several district secretaries and provincial council chairmen together with other officials representing 15 divisional secretariats also participated in the progress review meeting.
Addressing those present minister Ranawaka said that due to the war the electricity network was destroyed during 1987 -88, however currently restoration of the damaged network is underway. He said
that renovation and repair is expected to be completed by mid next year. Currently electricity coverage in the North is at 80%, however by the end of the year 100% coverage will be achieved through the
Northern spring initiative.
I comparison to electrification projects in other districts, higher financial allocations have been made for the Northern Spring project. Accordingly 47 transformers will be established covering all the villages in Jaffna at a cost of Rs. 3500 million.
The minister also laid the foundation stone for the five storied building complex of the district deputy general manager’s office, estimated to cost Rs. 150 million. It is expected to be completed by the end of
this year. The Chunnakam grid substation estimated to cost $. 32.8 million, will also be completed by the end of 2013. The minister also attended a special pooja organized to invoke blessings on the CEB employees and their families. He also commissioned the Mannianthottam electrification project built at a cost of Rs. 10.22 million, benefiting around 500 families.