Commenced the power revolution that energizes the entire country with the light of prosperity ………..
“A massive revolution in the power sector will be in 2021 with the establishment of new green and clean power plants …..”
Minister of Power
Colombo is old now and it’s difficult neither to lay a sewer pipe nor to fix an electricity line. Thus, as Colombo is getting older, our President saw the need for a new commercial capital. The right decision made by Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa was Hambantota was the best place for that. Today we are fulfilling the duty assigned with the Ministry of Power. This customer service center is a scientific drive behind the concept for Hambantota new commercial capital. Minister of Power Mr. Dullas Alahapperuma says that the coming 2021 will be a year of giant transformation in the energy sector of this country and it will assure a prosperous change within the people of this country.
The Minister expressed these views while participating at the occasion of vesting the Ceylon Electricity Board’s Ambalantota Electricity Consumer Service Center with the public service this morning (27).
The new Customer Service Centre in Ambalantota established by the Ceylon Electricity Board for the convenience of its customers will meet the electricity needs of 23,000 consumers in around Ambalantota and its suburbs very easily. It has been scheduled operate it providing service all 24 hours during seven days of the week under an electrical superintendent repairing breakdowns, providing maintenance services, providing new service connections, changing electricity poles and meters on requests of the consumers and providing other services. At present electricity consumers from Nonagama to Hathagala and Mamadala have to travel around 20 km to reach the Angunukolapelessa Customer Service Center in Tangalle Electrical Engineering area while the consumers from Nonagama to Dehigahalanda area have to travel around 25 Km to Hambantota Customer Service Centre. With the establishment of this new customer service centre, they will be able to obtain more effective and efficient service in future.
Further expressing ideas, Minister of Power Dullas Alahapperuma said that “His Excellency the President presented the vistas of Prosperity and Splendour to the nation last year. This policy framework consists of several new chapters on energy in Sri Lanka within this budget. Its main purpose is to develop renewable energy. We cannot expect that entrepreneurs and investors may invest in Sri Lanka with the price hike of electricity bills. That’s how much the electricity bill has been increased. Its biggest weight is borne by the Ceylon Electricity Board. The vistas of Prosperity and Splendour has directed the way to get rid of it. The first wind farm in the country will be opened in 10 days. Further, functioning of the first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant will be started in the next few weeks. This will be added to the annals of the history of energy in Sri Lanka”.
The Minister said that the number of electricity consumers in Hambantota is 229,000. However, only 408 solar panels have been installed on the roof tops and it has been proposed by the new budget of the vistas of prosperity and splendor this year to convert 100,000 roof tops of the families of Samurdhi beneficiaries into solar power plants in view of making consumer an entrepreneur. The Minister said that after opening of the Lakvijaya Power Plant in 2013, so far no power plant has been built in the country and only less than 300 MW of power has been added to the national grid within the past seven years. Hon. Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Power expressed that the government is facing a crisis to meet the growing electricity demand which of 5% to 6% per annum and efforts are being made to reduce the huge price of electricity bills . The Minister emphasized that Hon. Duminda Dissanayake, the state Minister in charge of the Ministry of Solar, Wind and Small Hydro Power Generation Projects Development and other institutions affiliated to the Ministry of Power headed by the Ceylon Electricity Board are working as a same family.
Minister of Irrigation and State Minister of National Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa, Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera, Parliamentarian Upul Galappaththi, some other public representatives and senior officers of the Ceylon Electricity Board including Mr. Vijitha Herath and its General Manager Mr. Keerthi Karunarathna were also present at this occasion.