Colleagues of current leaders have a newfound taste for coal: Parliamentarian Abeygunewardena

Colleagues of current leaders have a newfound taste for coal: Parliamentarian Abeygunewardena

Colleagues of current leaders have a newfound taste for coal: Parliamentarian Abeygunewardena

Written by Tharushan Fernando

14 Aug, 2016 | 9:28 pm

It is no secret that many countries in the world are now giving priority to renewable energy. However in Sri Lanka, allegations are being levelled, that officials in the energy sector, are moving in the opposite direction.

Presenting a report compiled by officials of the Ceylon Electricity Board together with a representative of the World Bank, in a manner which promotes the use of coal in violation of the country’s National Energy Policy, is the perfect example to these charges.

UPFA Parliamentarian, Rohitha Abeygunewardena stated that it was seen through the media where several mega deals are taking place, especially the mega deal at the coal power plant which is incidentally “the biggest scam in Sri Lankan history.”

He further noted that when some other source of energy is recommended in place of coal, they say no to that and order that coal be brought down anyway – and this is rather astonishing, he observed.

” I did not know coal tasted so good”,  said the UPFA Palimentarian who added that the colleagues of the current leaders have a new found taste for coal. He said thatt they only get commissions when they bring down coal, which is why they want coal somehow. So, when the media shows this situation, they are growled at and they reprimand the media in an attempt to suppress democracy.

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