North glows under new power project
Electricity Schemes completed under ‘Northern Spring’
More and more people are returning to their townships in the Northern
Province. People are settled, towns, shops, banks and schools started
functioning properly. Hospitals are back into action. And all these
create a never ending demand for one of the most important component in
proper functioning - electricity.
The development needs to be rapid to the Northern parts of the
country as these areas were long torn apart. The target is to provide
100 percent electricity to Jaffna, Vavuniya and Mannar by the end of
year 2013. As of today the Northern Electricity Development Project
conducted under the Ministry of Power and Energy and the Ceylon
Electricity Board is providing electricity power even to the most rural
villages of the Northern Province. "The reconstruction of electricity
facilities and electrification is considered one among the major
priorities to commence resettlement and commercial activities," said M.
A.D. N. Gratian the Project Director (Uthuru Wasanthaya) of the Ministry
of Power and Energy.
As of today the Ministry of Power and Energy has provided 45,000
power connections to the resettling areas of the Northern Province as
free service connections. On a special circular issued by the Ministry
of Power and Energy, free energy is given to the people until they build
up their economy. Under this project, 12 million units of free energy
has been supplied to the resettling communities at a cost of Rs. 900
Medium Voltage line from Paranthan to Puthukudiyeryppu
Under the directive of President Mahinda Rajapaksa the Ministry of
Power and Energy formulated an electricity development project for "Vadakkin
Wasantham" (the Northern Spring) - the mega development project for the
emerging North. As per a Cabinet Paper dated June 01, 2009 the project
is initiated and is operated under the Ceylon Electricity Board. The
target of the project is to achieve 100 percent electrification in the
Northern Province by end of 2013, said Gratian.
Accordingly there are two main projects under the 'Northern Spring' -
i.e. the Transmission Project and the Rural Electrification Project.
Under the Transmission Project a 132 kilo volt transmission line and
grid are laid from Vavuniya to Kilinochchi. The second part of the
Transmission project is from Kilinochchi to Jaffna where a 132 kilo volt
transmission line and grid is constructed with substations at Chunnakam.
Accordingly the entire cost of the Transmission Project is just over Rs.
7,432 Million. The Northern Spring rural electrification project is also
implemented in the Northern Province at a cost of Rs. 5,297 million.
This will be a complete plant brought from China and the Ceylon
Electricity Board separately bears the engineering cost of the project.
Supply to Malavi Scheme in
A 15 km high tension line was rehabilitated to restore the Madu
Church and electricity was supplied in December 2008. The first
electricity supply to Kilinochchi and Mullaithivu was on July 15, 2009.
Construction of a 49 kilometre medium voltage line from Puliyankulam
Junction to Murukkandy Temple along the A9 road started in February 2009
and was completed in June the same year. Electricity supply to Malavi
Scheme in Mullaithivu District in started in April 2010. National Grid
Supply to Mullaithivu District started in July 2010. A 34 kilometre long
Medium Voltage line from Paranthan to Puthukudiyirippu and Mullaithivu
was constructed in April 2012. In Kilinochchi the Vishvamadu Substation
Constructed in April 2012
Under the Northern Spring national development drive the Ceylon
Electricity Board has completed 13 medium voltage power supply projects
with power lines extending to 392 kilometres at a cost of Rs. 940
million. Under this project a 92 kilometre power line is laid from
Puliyankulam to Muhumalai along A9 road. Under this, medium voltage
power lines are extending from Mankulam to Mullaithivu, Paranthan to
Pudukuduyiripu, Wedithalathivu to Mullankavil, Murukandy to Vaeruvil,
from Mankulam to Thenniyankulam through Thunukkai and many other areas
such as Oddusudan, Nedunkerny, Ramanathapuram, Killinochchi, Elephant
pass, and Adampil.
In addition the Ministry has completed rural electrification projects
under Conflict Affected Area Rehabilitation Project (CAARP) and the
North East Community Restoration and Development Project (NECORD).
As per the 'Northern Spring' power supply project, the Ministry has
planned to establish 2,000 kilometres of new three phase low voltage
lines and so far 1498 kilometres are completed. Out of the 975
kilometres of Medium Voltage lines more than 530 kilometres are