Sri Lanka to be fully electrified by next year
BY JAYASHIKA PADMASIRI
Aug 29, 2012
Taking another step to meet the ambitious target of providing electricity to all of Sri Lanka by 2013, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has completed the Vavuniya Kilinochchi main transmission line, a Power and Energy Ministry spokesman said.

Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka paid an official visit to the worksite yesterday and instructed officials to take steps to connect power to the Kilinochchi sub-grid station as early as possible.

The CEB with the completion of the Vavuniya Kilinochchi main transmission line expects to provide power to the entire north in the next two years as opposed to the current 32% power supply.

Minister Ranawaka instructed officials to speed up the work as the government was keen to launch a massive development drive and self-employment programme to improve the living standards of the people. Therefore, providing electricity to each and every household was a priority.

Officials pointed out that the upgrading of the Kilinochchi substation would solve the problem of low voltage presently experienced.

Minister Ranawaka said the high transmission line would be extended up to Jaffna as the next step of the project.

The Vavuniya - Kilinochchi high transmission line constructed at a cost of Rs. 3,085 million has been funded by the Japanese government.

Source: Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka