Electricity will never be an election slogan in the future because within the next two years, we’ll be self sufficient in power, stated President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the gathering after he declared open the first phase of the 900MW Coal-Fired Power Plant in Norachcholai, called Lak Vijaya.
He urged all Sri Lankans to shed their differences and throw their weight behind the ongoing development drive in the post-conflict era.
Development would hinge on the ability of all sectors to work in harmony, he said.
The President added that 87 percent of all households in the country are supplied with electricity and it would be increased to 100 per cent within two years.
President Rajapaksa added that the Government is in the process of providing infrastructure facilities to the rural areas.
President also added that Sri Lanka is one of the few countries in the region where electricity is provided for domestic and industrial purposes round the clock and that the Government has focused on alternative power sources such as wind power.
The first phase of Lak Vijaya Power plant generates 300 MW of electricity to the National Grid. The project was funded by the Chinese Government and construction was carried by a Chinese company. The Sri Lankan Government also invested Rs 5,300 million for the first stage and Rs 11,000 million for the second stage of construction.
The President expressed special thanks the Government of China for the support provided to make this project a success.
The President noted that those who stood in the Government’s path to liberate the country from the clutches of terrorism have raised their ugly heads again to deter the country’s development march.
President Rajapaksa added that they have launched protests demanding the ban of GSP+ facility on Sri Lanka and said these elements want to prevent the country from being developed.
He said the Government conducted all elections in time and sought fresh mandates from the people. “The process of conducting elections strengthens democracy,” he added.
President Rajapaksa said that the country faced insurrections and terrorism due to the lack of a proper mechanism to develop the country.
“We did not have a proper program to build the country and this led to youth upheavals in 1971, 1988 and terrorism which engulfed the nation for nearly 30 years,” he added.
He said the entire country has now been brought under a massive development drive.
The President added that new ports, highways and new power stations are being constructed in the country.
President Rajapaksa said that the country has been in the path of progress since the victory of UPFA government led by him in 2005.
“The people of this country started hearing news about the country’s achievements in respect of all key sectors since the Government came into power in 2005”, he added. He paid special gratitude to the Government of China and the officials who helped complete the project in time.
The President added that all developed countries in the world laid more focus on the development of the power and energy sector.
Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka, Deputy Minister Premalal Jayasekera, Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister John Seneviratne were present.