Electrification schemes to mark President’s inauguration anniversary
Preparations are underway under direction of the Power and Energy Ministry to mark the end of the third year of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s second term in office by handing over all rural electrification projects throughout the country to the people, Power and Energy Ministry sources said.
“The rural electrification projects, which have been completed, will be vested in the public next month, as the ministry will celebrate the end of the President’s third year of the second term in office,” the sources said.
The projects will be handed over to the public on the instructions of Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi in accordance with the President’s vision that every household should have electricity by the end of 2014, they said. Many electricity projects are underway as at present to achieve this goal. A special survey is being carried out to determine the number of households that do not have electricity, the sources said.
According to ministry estimates there are over five million households in the country that have electricity. Sources said to meet the country’s electricity demand 31.87 GW hours of electricity is needed on a daily basis.
The government has launched a Broader Power Generation Plan to meet the ever increasing demand for electricity in the country.