Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa yesterday said some elements with vested interests have launched a malicious campaign against the government when it received the support of many countries for the massive development programme.
Minister Rajapaksa was speaking at the inauguration of construction work on the Broadlands Hydro Power Project at Kitulgala yesterday. The Minister along with Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Devi Wanniarachchi inaugurated the construction work by pressing a button to make a symbolic blast at the construction site.
Broadlands is the last hydro power generation project in the Lakshapana hydro power project complex which will add over 35 MW to the National Grid. The Project is to be completed by 2017.
"Many countries in the world, including China are providing great support to our country, even though certain elements with vested interests spreading lies against the country and the government," he said.
The Minister said no country in the world accepts their lies. These countries make a thorough study on our country before helping us," he said. He said President Mahinda Rajapaksa's recent visit to China brought many benefits to the country. "It gave an opportunity to export country's products to China without any tax, he said. China signed an agreement with Sri Lanka for the construction of Northern Highway and the mega scale water supply project covering Anuradhapura, Attanagalla and other areas.
He said the Government initiated the Norochcholai coal power plant for the country's benefit. Every country in the world is trying to attract more investors and they analyze the situation of the Investors who also analyze the situation in the country before making an investment. They place special emphasis on power. He said there might have been more than a thousand of break downs at country's first hydro power plant, the Wimalasurendra power plant. Minister Rajapaksa also said President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after being elected President implemented a massive programme to provide facilities to rural areas where the majority of people live.
He said the Government succeeded in implementing various programmes,such as, Maga Neguma, Gama Neguma and Semata Viduliya to provide facilities to the rural areas. The Government succeeded in providing electricity to rural areas under these programmes.
He said previous governments were unable to implement many power generation projects in time. Sri Lanka was unable to begin power generation projects for many years.
"There were objections from various quarters when the construction of the Norochcholai coal power plant and the Upper Kotmale Hydro power plants were commenced.
He said President Rajapaksa has given specific instructions to officials that power generation projects should commence causing minimum impact to the environment and the people living in the respective area.
"President Rajapaksa took a policy decision to provide all facilities to the families who are affected due to the implementation ofsuch power generation projects," he said.
Ministers C.B. Ratnayake, Navin Dissanayake, Sabaragamuwa Governor Maheepala Herath, CEB Chairman W.B. Ganegala and Chinese Embassy representatives in Sri Lanka were also present.