“We will make Galle the first city in Sri Lanka with underground electrical transmission cable system…………”
the Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said in Galle.
The Minister expressed that “ I am pleased to express that we have already altered the direction of the power sector to the renewable energy with the view of achieving the targets we have been assigned with by HE the President to build up a power sector free of a fossil fuel. Today, hydro power, solar power and wind power have become subjective concepts of the power sector. We have become the usher to illuminate the avenues of the country in the journey towards splendour of prosperity by means of power supply. The necessity of an underground electrical transmission cable system has been arisen to make supply of electricity more efficient, economical and uninterrupted and to ensure safety of public and created city beautification. The Minister expressed that it has already been planned to implement a pilot project to establish an underground electrical system for distribution of power in Galle in collaboration with Lanka Electricity Company (Pvt.) Ltd. (LECO).
The Minister expressed
these ideas participating a Rural Infrastructure Development Committee Meeting of Galle district under the National Programme for Improving Rural Economy held this morning (9th) at Hall De Galle. 8th meeting of the series of meetings held with the view of solving public issues at district level was held today in Galle District.
Hon. Dullas Alahapperuma further stated that “we should pay our gratitude to HE the President , Hon. Prime Minister and Hon. Basil Rajapaksa for making the background for implementing development programmes despite Corona Pandemic has been prevailing in the country without interrupting the agenda of national development agenda of giving relief to the general public under the pretext of Covid Pandemic. The programme of illuminating the entire country with electricity has become successful. Electricity is a major infrastructure, human right and an essential facility of the general public. Of the entire population in Galle, 99.6% has been provided electricity. Only 2730 households don’t have electricity at the moment and we are ready to facilitate them with electricity before the end of 2022. The Prime Minister has allocated provisions on behalf of that from the last year budget. Further, extension of renewable energy in Galle District hasn’t reached the success yet. In Galle, solar panels have been installed only on the rooftops of 919 houses. Hence, we have made necessary arrangements to convert the roof tops of houses and offices into solar panels and to extend the new project on power generation using transformers. In addition, it has been planned to start the pilot project of power generation in Hendala using waste which has become a curse in present Sri Lanka. Every Minister tends to start development programmes from his own district. I have deviated from that culture and taken measures to provide electricity facilities for electricity consumers of Galle District.
Mr. Willie Gamage – the Governor of Southern Province, Mr. Ramesh Pathirana – Minister of Plantation, Mr. Nalaka Godahewa – State Minister of Urban Development, Waste Disposal and Community Cleanliness, Mr. Indika Anuruddha – State Minister of Rural Housing and Construction & Building Material Industries and public representatives of Galle District, senior officers of Ceylon Electricity Board, Lanka Electricity Company Ltd., Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority including Mrs. Wasantha Perera – Secretary to the Ministry of Power, State Ministry of Solar, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development – Mr. Hemantha Samarakoon and the staff of the Ministry and the officers of public institutes of the area took part at this event.