The recent revision of the electricity tariff will be temporary as second and third phases of Norochcholai are scheduled to be complete by December this year, the media was informed at an editors meeting convened at the invitation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa today.
The second phase will be completed by October and the third will be in December and 900 megawatts will be added to the national grid by the year end, officials of the Ceylon Electricity Board informed the President.
Increase will not be a burden on general consumers as much as it has been publicized said the President adding that although the government is concerned about the welfare of the people there are certain costs to be met.
Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said there will be only a small increase for 75 percent of the population.
Sri Lanka is the only country in the region to provide uninterrupted electricity supply for 24 hours the Minister said adding even after the revision the Ministry has to incur a loss of 25 billion rupees.
The construction of the Sampur coal power plant will commence this July, Minister Wanniarachchi further said.
President assured the Northern Provincial Councils elections will be held as scheduled in September as there is a conducive environment to conduct polls.
"Almost all the Internally Displaced Persons have been resettled in the area. They have been provided with livelihoods and there is only 5 percent of the area remained to be de-mined," President added.
Responding to a question of international pressure on alleged human rights violations, the President said if anyone can provide credible proof or evidence of such incidents action would be taken promptly.
"We invite all those who are critical about Sri Lanka to visit here and see the reality for themselves," President said.
Responding to a query about the government entering into an agreement with an international PR company, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga said it is not the government but the Central Bank, to embark on a awareness campaign on Sri Lanka's economy.
At present there is an aggressive misinformation campaign being carried out by various groups to tarnish the image and investment opportunities in Sri Lanka, the Secretary said.
"The Central Bank has taken a step to counter campaign to correct the misconceptions as the country's investment environment needs a fair hearing," the Secretary added.