We are ready to introduce new methods for power generation while protecting the environment. Accordingly new measures will be taken to establish Liquefied natural gas (LNG) power stations.” Mr. Ranjith Siyambalapitiya the minister of power and sustainable energy said during the occasion to fulfill the vow of offering rainwater to the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi the sacrad bodhi tree in Anuradhapura. The vow has been made expecting the rains for the reservoirs to generate hydropower.
The minister further said,
“It is a responsibility of us as a government to generate energy while protecting the environment. It is also needed to consider the cost. Conservation of the environment is a responsibility of us. Therefore it is important to consider the alternatives to generate electricity. Using liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is such an alternative. By using LNG, it is able to minimize the harm to the environment while generate electricity.
The custom of fulfilling the vow started during the period of the minister Anurudha Ratwatte. Today, we are continuing it as a custom and we have got great results by following it. We are proud as Buddhists about that.” The minister fulfilled the vow by sprinkling the water collected from hydro power reservoirs on the roots of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.
Mr. Peshala Jayarathna, the chief minister of the North Central province, Dr. Suren Batagoda, the secretary to the ministry of power and renewable energy, Mr. Anura Wijepala, Chairman of the CEB, Mr. W. B. Ganegala, the advisor to the ministry participated the occasion along with a large gathering.