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Ravi briefs Parliament on energy shortage :

‘200 MW power from sustainable sources in two weeks’

Minister for Power, Energy and Business Development Ravi Karunanayake promised Parliament yesterday that the government would add 200 MW to the national grid generated from sustainable energy sources within the next two weeks.

Minister Karunanayake added that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had already given recommendations to the CEB on working with an Indian company that is willing to provide infrastructure facilities for a sustainable energy project in the Northern Province.

Karunanayake informed the House that power generated from sustainable energy sources now contribute 693 MW to the national grid. “During the brief 154 days of my term as Power and Energy Minister, we have been able to add 283 MW of sustainable energy to the national grid,” he disclosed.

The Minister was responding to a question raised by UNP MP Hesha Vithanage in Parliament yesterday.

Explaining the financial challenge he was confronted with, Karunanayake said that the Government had asked the CEB on June 29, to recommence the “Ratama Eliyayi-Andura Duralayi” programme. “The only reason why we cannot start the programme yet is because we have a financial problem. The CEB has been running on losses for a long time. For example, the Ceylon Electricity Board owes Ceylon Petroleum Corporation a sum of Rs. 80 billion.

According to the statistics we have, there are 38,000 houses in the country that do not have electricity. We will be able to provide electricity to all these houses within a short period of time such as two or three days, if the Finance Ministry provides us with sufficient allocations.” Minister Karunanayake argued.



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