Written by Bella Dalima
13 Aug, 2014 | 7:39 pm
Minister Dullas Alahapperuma notes that the President has issued instructions for electricity tariffs to be reduced following the opening of Phase two of the Norochcholai Power Plant.
He made this statement at a media briefing convened in Colombo on Wednesday, August 13.
The Minister made this statement in response to allegations from the National Freedom Front, accusing the government of failing in the task of water management.
[quote]We reject this allegation and we are disappointed by it. Major irrigation projects have been initiated in the past six to seven years. This is a certificate of excellence for water management. The present national electricity requirement is between 2000 and 2200 megawatts. Today, our capacity is in excess of 4,000 megawatts. There hasn’t been a single power cut in this period. When the Chinese President declares open the second phase of the Norochcholai power station, it will add 300 megawatts to the national grid. Our President has instructed the relevant sectors to provide some relief for the people on the electricity tariffs, when these 300 megawatts are added. Instructions have been issued to the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Power and Energy. Therefore, we reject this allegation of mismanagement.[/quote]
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