Power of Kerawalapitiya
KERAWALAPITIYA: The power of Kerawalapitiya would illuminate the
hearts of the people of Sri Lanka soon, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said
He was addressing the function to mark the commissioning of the
Yugadanavi Combined Cycle Thermal power plant in Kerawalapitiya, Wattala.
The President said he was happy and proud that the Kerawalapitiya
power plant had been constructed relying on full indigenous technology
The power plant built at a cost of US $300 million was one of the
Major projects initiated by the Ministry of Power and Energy for the
provision of electricity and sustainable solutions to the energy crisis
as envisioned in the Mahinda Chintanaya. It was built by Lakdhnavi (Pvt)
“While eradicating terrorism in the land in all it’s manifestations,
we have initiated mega multi-faceted development projects which have
been stagnating for long.”
He said if the right decisions had been taken at the appropriate
time,the crisis situations which had arisen in several spheres such as
the energy crisis could have been long averted.
President Rajapaksa asserted that although certain parties are
undermining the Government by resorting to Court action, the ultimate
verdict would lie in the decision of the people who will either endorse
or reject the policies of his Government after six years at an election.
He charged that various factions are attempting to topple or
undermine the Government by adopting diverse tactics such as terrorism
and also bring down the Government’s revenue to make it bankrupt. The
other means is resorting to Court actions.
He however pointed out that his Government could not rely on ‘Pricing
Formulae’ which may prove detrimental to the people on the long-term, as
although prices would be low when the world prices have dipped, they
would shoot up uncontrollably when they rise.
This would heap severe hardships on the people. He had a bounden duty
and the responsibility to protect the people from such a dilemma, the
He also pointed out that his Government could not think in terms of
taxes alone as envisaged by certain political theories and parties. “We
should think in terms of the entire economy of the country instead of
segments”, he said.
He said that there could be embarrassing court decisions in the
future, which would be respected and complied with anyway.
The President noted that he was elected to power by the people, to
reject and abandon the old policies adopted by past regimes who
developed the country least but nurtured the Tigers instead.
They had written-off and offered on a platter, a clearly demarcated
area to the LTTE. Officials from the South including the Prime Minister,
could not visit the North, even a religious shrine, sans prior
permission of the LTTE.
He said past regimes had also sold our national assets instead of
creating and expanding our own indigenous economy.
“Nevertheless he said, his Government has not sold any national asset
to date and will never ever do so in the future too. His Government has
gradually and systematically integrated more and more assets to develop
the nation. All what had been promised in his Mahinda Chintanaya had
been fulfilled to the very letter, as he could not betray his people and
He recalled the liberation of the East which was followed by the
‘Negenahira Navodaya’ (Eastern Renaissance). He said that while
liberating the North as well, they have already initiated the ‘Uthura
Vasanthaya’ (Northern Spring) for the people in the North. He would not
permit the CPC, the CEB among others to collapse under any
circumstances. The living standards of the village community would be
uplifted. Peace would dawn to the nation soon, to enable all communities
to live in harmony sans fear nor suspicion.
He said that the Government required money for all this. The
President categorically stated however, that any subsidies enjoyed by
the people would not be cut in the process.
Despite the global recession which has caused thousands to loose
their jobs in the developed world, Sri Lanka is on the path to
prosperity and would soon be self-sufficient in food, due to the
far-sighted policies adopted by the Government.. “We will not abandon
our development due to any economic pressures”, he said.