President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday declared open a 24 MW Thermal Power Plant at Chunnakam in the Jaffna Peninsula.
The Janani Power Plant which was linked to the main grid from yesterday will provide an uninterrupted power supply to Jaffna, Kilinochchi districts and surrounding areas.
The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) constructed the power plant at a cost of US$ 30.5 billion within 14 months. The power plant will employ 150 people directly.
Construction of the Kilinochchi-Chunnakam transmission line also took place along with the establishment of the Janani Power Plant.
According to Ceylon Electricity Board 85 percent of households in the Jaffna District now have electricity, compared to 65 percent in 2009. Eighteen percent of households in the Kilinochchi District and 30 percent of households in the Mullaitivu District now have electricity compared to no services in 2009.
It was also reported that the Ceylon Electricity Board has been able to provide free electricity connections to more than 23,000 resettled families.
Ministers Douglas Devananda, Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Rajitha Senaratne, Deputy Minister Premalal Jayasekara, Northern Province Governor Major General G. A. Chandrasiri, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and President's Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath were also present at the event.