“Free Electricity Connections for Poor Families……”
“Provisions have been allocated under the directions of the President”
Minister Dullas said in Gampaha………………
The Minister emphasized that “Our society ever picks holes in everything. The don’t see commitment and progress of an institute. CEB is always being criticized. Our society doesn’t see the value of the unique service of CEB providing electricity for approximately of 27 lakhs of consumers at a concessionary price of Rs. 3.50 or Rs. 5.50, even though its production cost is Rs. 23.00. Now we have reached the final stage of illuminating the entire island with electricity. Taking into account the number of electricity consumers at district level, around two hundred eighty-two thousand electricity consumers are in Matara District. However, 1607 houses still don’t have electricity facility. Pursuant to the policy statement of Vistas of Prosperity of HE the President, we have already taken a policy decision to provide free electricity facility to those 1607 houses before the coming New Year Festival.”
The Minister expressed these ideas participating at a meeting held at the Matara District Secretariat on the electricity needs of Southern Province including Matara District last morning. The measures taken by CEB headed by the Ministry of Power to make stable and improve relevant supply in future was taken into discussion at this meeting.
Minister Alahapperuma further said that “Our Head of the State has presented number of solutions for number of issues in our country through his policy statement Vistas of prosperity and Splendour. To overcome such issues parallel to the commitment of the Head of the State, Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Lanka Electricity Company (LECO) headed by this Ministry shall be committed standing together on a straight line. During the last 07 years of period, the national grid didn’t get considerable volume of new electricity; the demand for electricity increased annually by 5% and at present power sector is facing a crisis. Amidst this crisis, the government, CEB and other stake holder institutions are implementing number of plans to supply an uninterrupted, quality, stable and minimum electricity to the electricity consumers.
As the forerunner of illuminating the entire island with electricity by the end of 2021, this Ministry has been implementing these plans though out the country under the guidance of HE the President. We were able to establish 300 mini power plants of 100 KW of each in Matara district of the improvement of electricity supply, to improve business opportunities of the business community in the world, to fix of high voltage and low voltage transmission lines and to establish solar power plants on the roof tops of houses and offices.
At present, 09 consumer service centers in Matara cater a better service to the consumers. In addition, this Ministry has already made arrangements to provide electricity for special projects such as proposed new factories in Hambantota, Mirijjawila etc., Mattala airport, Gandara fishing
Harbour. Further, it should be noted that a special task undertaken by the CEB is computerizing of all the consumer services for the benefit of the consumers.
Hon. Kanchana Wijesekara, State Minister of Fishing, , Mr. Hemantha Samarakoon, Secretary, State Ministry of Solar, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development, Mr. Nalinda Ilangakoon, Vice Chairman-CEB, Representatives of the Local Authorities of Matara District and number of Senior Officers of the Ministry of Power and CEB participated at this event.