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Tuesday, February 08, 2011 - 6.45 GMT

Electrification of remote areas expedited


Action is afoot to expand power supplies to remote villages which have not been provided with electricity yet this year.

Under this, several rural electrification programmes are presently underway with the aim of providing electricity to all remote villages and Rs.25, 994 million government and foreign funds have been allocated for this purpose.

The government has allocated funds amounting to Rs.2, 140 million for the project Vidulamu Sri Lanka (Southern Province), Rs.150 for the Western province, Rs.200 million for Ratnapura, Rs.87 million for the Kegalle district, Rs.100 million for the Central province, and Rs.600 million for the North Western Province.

In addition, Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) has allocated Rs.2, 667 million for Vidulamu Sri Lanka (North Central Province) project, and R. 550 million for the Rural Electrification Project No. 4. Further funds were received from the Exim Bank which has allocated Rs.2,667 million for the Uthuru Wasanthaya electrification project, Rs.6,325 million for Vidulamu Sri Lanka Eastern Province and Rs.2,300 million for the Vidulamu Sri Lanka Uva Udanaya project.

Also, there are several electrification projects being implemented with the assistance from Iran, JICA and the Asian Development Bank. The rural electrification project No. 8 is being implemented with Iranian assistance at a cost of Rs.5, 292 million. The Colombo District electrification project is being implemented at a cost of Rs.303 million with JICA assistance.

Asian Development Bank has allocated funds for the road illumination project and for the Eastern Province distribution improvement projects. Funds allocated for these respective projects amount to Rs.1, 573 million and Rs.440 million. 







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