Electricity at concessionary rate costs Rs.17,000 billion -
Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi
This government which provided electricity to 24 percent of
population who were deprived of electricity since independence under
whatever government, still utilise Rs. 17,000 billion to provide
electricity at concessionary rates to the people, Power and Energy
Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said on Friday in Parliament.
She added that the electricity provision has reached 94 percent from
70 percent in 2005.
She urged the Opposition to go near Norochcholai coal power plant and
Upper Kotmale power plant with lighted candles thinking of the mistakes
they did in the past. Wanniarachchi was answering an adjournment motion
moved by UNP MP Tissa Attanayake.
The minister further said the electricity bill revision has not been
effected 10 million people of this country.
She stated that political parties in a country should unite to find a
solution to the world energy crisis leaving aside all the differences.
The Minister added that it is pathetic that bankrupt political groups
attempting to give a new lease of life to their groups by talking on the
ZThe same political groups attempted to raise an ethnic issue when
hydro power plants were to be set up, religious issues when coal power
plants were to be constructed and various professional issues when the
power lines were to be extended.
She added that these negative moves will be condemned by the future
generations. She also said that the intelligent people of this country
know these bankrupt political parties get the support of the
international community to raise these unnecessary issues.
Minister Wanniarachchi added that in 2012 only the government could
add 722GW to the national grid by means of construction of small and
medium hydro power plants, wind power projects, solar power projects,
dendro plants etc.
This government under the leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa
took a historic decision to construct a coal power plant in Norochcholai
which added 300MW to the national grid and the rest 600MW will be added
to the national grid by the end of this year.
The UNP governments at various occasions neglected to construct coal
power plants. She added that Sampur coal power plant will be completed
by 2016 which would add 500MW to the national grid. Another 1,2000MW
coal power plant will be completed in 2020. Though this government
provides electricity round the clock we cannot forget that there was a
power cut in 1981, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2001 and 2002.
Late President Premadasa increased electricity bill by 45 percent in
1990. She said that one cannot forget that electricity bill was
increased by 13 percent, four percent and six percent in 1991, 1992 and
The Ranil Wcikremesinghe government increased the electricity bill by