President Rajapaksa lamented that the many regimes prior to 2005 had failed to implement the first project plan of the UKPGP, which was expected to add 300 megawatts to the national grid, due to various setbacks. The reduction of the generation capacity from 300 MWs to 150 MWs was a drawback but it was still a victory for the government to have succeeded in implementing the UKPGP even with a reduced capacity, he said.
The power and energy sector had suffered a setback due to political, social and religious pressures from various quarters
to halt the power generation projects that were to be launched in the eighties and nineties. As a result, the country had had frequent power cuts and the economy had suffered as a result, he said.