The Hill Country is Bright
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With the intention of  liberating the people of the Hill Country from darkness by the year 2012, emulating the dedication by the forces in eradicating terrorism from the country, a series of  special programs have been planned for the 14th, 15th, and 16th targeting the Central Province by the Minister of  Power and Energy and his ministry  together with the CEB.  During this visit all openings of  Vidulamu Lanka offices and electrification projects were evaluated.a

With the opening of the CEB consumer office in Dambulla by the Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka, many of the consumers problems with regards to electricity meters, bills, break downs and low voltage issues were addressed by the minister and the CEB team at the mobile service and electricity consumers committee meeting.

Meanwhile the construction of  transmission lines for the Kinda Katti Devalaya in Kaludewala in the Matale district was initiated by minister Ranawaka and the Deputy Minister of Transport Rohana Dissanayake at an investment of Rs. 3.26 million, benefiting 65 families. The Pahala Arawwala and Madapihilla electrification projects benefiting 72 families built with Iranian aid was vested on the people by the Minister and Parliamentarian Lakshman Wasantha Perera together with the CEB officials.

Furthermore in the Kegalle District the Aranayake, Salawagama electrification project built under CEDA financing of Rs. 16.5 million  providing electricity to 175 families was vested in the people. Deputy Health Minister Lalith Dissanayake together with Ministers and MP’s of the area also participated in this ceremony.

Meanwhile as a solution to the Kandy districts low voltage problem, the upgrading of the network was carried out by inaugurating the Morankanda and Narangaspitiya electrification projects, improving the districts 96% electricity coverage, at a cost of Rs. 6.3 million benefiting 151 families.

The mobile service held at the Kegalle District Wawaladeniya Temple provided solutions to the issues affecting the people in the area.

In a bid to provide an efficient service to the people of the Kegalle district, a special discussion was held at the district secretariat office by the political authorities. At this meeting it was mentioned by the minister that he would support the district secretaries to exercise their authority to resolve the problems of the electricity consumers of the district. Economic Minister Basil Rajapakse, district MP’s provincial council chairmen and secretaries together with the officials of the CEB participated in this meeting.

Next the Minister inaugurated the Vidulamu Lanka consumer centre in his ministry’s drive to achieve 100% coverage in the area. He was able to identify and provide solutions to the people’s problems during this visit as well.

Under the guidance of the additional General Manager of the CEB Ranjith Gunawardane and supervision of the central province Deputy General Manager Bandula Perera plus the dedicated service of the CEB staff this three day inspection tour resulted in success.

The Minister’s 3 day tour ended by seeking the blessings of the temple of the sacred tooth relic to enable them to achieve the goal of providing electricity for all by 2012. The Minister will next tour the Uva and Sabaragamuwa provinces shortly.