Muttur public meeting sheds light on negative impact of Sampur coal power plant

Muttur public meeting sheds light on negative impact of Sampur coal power plant

Muttur public meeting sheds light on negative impact of Sampur coal power plant

Written by Staff Writer

05 Apr, 2016 | 8:50 pm

As the proposed Sampur coal-powered power plant continues to be criticised in several public fora, JVP Politburo Member K.D. Lalkantha organised a public meeting to raise awareness over the issue.

The meeting, which took place in Muttur on Monday, saw a number of views being expressed on the negative impact the Sampur plant would pose to the locals in the area.

JVP Politburo Member, K.D.Lalkantha stated that the power plant is being built to provide electricity to the industrial zone.

However, it is said that a power plant will be built as MPs and Ministers get involved in matters that would only benefit them. In addition, rulers get involved in matters that would have a political impact on the people. The Annual General Meeting of the Bio Energy Association of Sri Lanka was held on Monday.

UNP Parliamentarian, Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thero stated that they don’t need India to build a coal power plant for the country, but instead build a solar plant or at least convert it to gas power.

Explaining further, he noted that France and Costa Rica stated that they are moving into 100 percent renewable energy and so did Bhutan and Germany, but India did not. In the declaration Sri Lanka had signed that they have completely moved away from the era of oil. Even though we have signed this declaration I do not think this government has a clear stance as yet, he pointed out.

The Prime Minister states that what the engineers say does not matter, what matters is what is said in the country’s policy. So engineers become furious with the Prime Minister and go home packing. Coal power plants are being closed. Even the Japanese are closing them down. While closing them down, they begin to wonder if they could shift one or two of those power plants to Sri Lanka to free their country from coal power plants.

Deputy Minister of Power and Renewable Energy, Ajith P. Perera stated that there has been scarcity in water for the past few days which is due to dry weather and also mismanagement.

He added that it is not about how many megawatts or kilowatts are generated or what its value generated per hour: but it is about the agricultural aspect, protection of the environment and global temperatures.

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