Written by Tharushan Fernando
14 Aug, 2015 | 9:30 pm
The National Conference on Electro Mobility and Transportation organised by the Institute of Engineering and Technology was held in Colombo on Friday.
The event which was held under the auspices of Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka, saw the participation of a number dignitaries.
The Minister of Power and Energy stated:
We are also trying for a number of years to initiate implementation of electrification of our urban railway
system as the first step in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Transport and Department of Railways. At the moment the cabinet has approved a formation of a high powered steering committee to look into this and report for a suitable plan of action in this regard. We have made plans to popularise electric vehicles and charging stations in urban areas. The first two are already in operation and soon we are going to introduce separate electricity tariffs for electric charging of vehicles and measures are underway to popularise solar charging stations as well.
He further stated that the experts have indicated that if we don’t act fast, there will be more and more traffic congestion in the future and the productivity of the country will decline. He made observations on the environmental consequences as a result of burning more fossil fuels.
The Minister added:
I was informed that the relevant line ministries and agencies have already put forward comprehensive plans to address these problems. Yet implementation of such proposals are yet to be seen and we are also trying for a number of years, to initiate implementation of electrification of our urban railway system as the first step in collaboration with the Ministry of Internal Transport and Department of Railways.
I am sure we will soon be able to live in an eco-civilised, smart global village. In such an eco-civilised smart global village, electro mobility is going to be the mode of transport with the least per capita emission per one kilometre travel. I am sure mass transportation will be the most prominent and important area which caters for a large cross section of the society as well as for the achieving our development targets. In addition our country is going to be the first country to provide 100 percent internet coverage throughout the island. Sri Lanka which is called the Pearl of the Indian Ocean has been blessed with a knowledge based society , this has been our strength, and in the future also.
He went on to note that we are planning to start very integrated electric transport system soon. And with this background, Sri Lanka is very well-positioned to become the first eco-civilised smart country among the developing countries in the world and electro mobility will be an integral part of an eco-civilisation in Sri Lanka , in particular and also the world in general. This will be a reality in future and no country can escape from this wisdom.
Senior transport Specialist -for the World Bank, Shigish Sakaki stated:
If you have a more dense values pattern, you can have an efficient transport system and you can reduce per capita emissions.But in order to do this, you have to have a strategic vision and you have to have a sporting policy. And the first thing you have to do is to avoid the need of travel. And to do this you have to have a good public transport and if you cannot shift, and you still have to have the private motorised mode, then you have to improve the efficiency of private motorised mode.And if you look at Colombo, transport sector is the major emission source of Carbon dioxide in Sri Lanka, and the western province accounts for about 40 percent of transport sector emissions of CO2.
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