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Electricity for all rural households by end 2014

The Government hopes to provide electricity to all rural households by the end of 2014, according to Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi.

"Most households in rural areas have not benefited by the rural electrification projects launched by the government", Minister Wanniarachchi said.

Six new electricity power supply projects were commissioned this weekend in the Kalawana electorate under the Lighting Sri Lanka program of the Ministry of Power and Energy. These projects estimated to cost approximately Rs. 34.7 million provide electricity for more than 250 families.

On a directive by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, electricity will be provided to the rural communities to whom electricity was never provided due to various reasons over these years, Minister Wanniarachchi said.

The Ministry of Power and Energy provides electricity even to a few families living in areas which cannot be easily accessed. The Government has attached great importance to rural electrification to achieve its 100 percent goal. Many rural electrification schemes had been completed in 2010 having supplied electricity to 85 percent of the total households.

 

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