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Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 4.59 GMT
Jaffna peninsula to be electrified today after 25 years


The Jaffna peninsula will be connected to the national electricity grid today 25 years after Tamil Tiger terrorists destroyed the electricity network.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will declare open the high tension electricity transmission line that connects the Northern Province to the national grid at the newly built Kilinochchi grid station today.

The LTTE terrorists destroyed the whole electricity network in 1987. Since then the electricity supply to peninsula was not connected to the national grid.

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) completed the erection of the Kilinochchi high voltage transmission lines and constructed 238 transmission towers from Vavuniya to Kilinochchi within a period of 2 years at a cost of 3.2 billion rupees.

The government expects to provide electricity supplies to all households in the peninsula by the end of this year.

Meanwhile the government will soon launch the 500 MW Sampur coal power plant that is to be built jointly by the CEB and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) of India.






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