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Electricity for all next year – Minister Alahapperuma

Minister Dullas Alahapperuma addressing the meeting.
Minister Dullas Alahapperuma addressing the meeting.

Power and Energy Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said that the Government expects to provide electricity to every household before November 16, 2021, prior to the end of the second year of the first term of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

He was addressing a meeting of the Working Committee on Rural Economic Development in the Polonnaruwa District recently at the Polonnaruwa District Secretariat, the Ministry Media Unit said in a statement.

“There are 1,359 families without electricity in the Polonnaruwa District alone. The Government considers electricity as a basic human right. Therefore, the Ministry is committed to provide solar or electricity to remote areas if the main network is not accessible to citizens living in remote areas,” he said.

The Minister said that as almost all the water sources that can generate electricity in Sri Lanka have been used for this purpose, alternative sources for power generation have to be sought, and it is important to go for low cost and environmentally friendly mediums.

The Miniser said that the direction of the Sri Lankan energy sector is now towards renewable energy sources for a low cost, pollution free, uninterrupted and quality power supply.

He said that in line with the President's Vision of Prosperity, the contribution of renewable energy will be increased to 70 per cent by 2030.

The Minister said that the transformation of renewable energy sources such as water, wind and Sun into the main potential for power generation in Sri Lanka will become a reality by 2030.