Kuragala will be provided with power in four days

Friday, 12 July 2019

Power, Energy and Business Development Minister Ravi Karunanayake said he will provide electricity to the Kuragala archaeological site and the sacred area even if ongoing talks for the purpose with the Department of Archaeology are unsuccessful.

He was speaking in Parliament yesterday. The Minister said he will get the support of the Police to provide electricity to the site for the benefit of those who visit the sacred area.

The Minister said his ministry officials were in talks with the representatives of the Archaeology Department to construct a power supply line to the Kuragala site from the Balangoda-Badulla Road. “Electricity was provided now for four kilometres of the road. A further stretch needs 26 lamp posts to provide electricity to the site. That will be completed in four working days,” the Minister said.

The Minister said the project was abandoned on an order from the top levels of the government.

“Many MPs and NayakaTheras have requested electricity to the Kuragala site. If the Department of Archaeology gives its approval, we can complete the task in four working days. An order came to suspend the work. But we will complete it since we received many requests. I took up this matter at the Cabinet meeting. I was informed that two religious sides will clash if the area is developed. I can complete the task with the Police and there will be no clashes,” the Minister said.

 

Direct procedure will be set up to resolve CEB salary anomalies – Ravi

A straightforward procedure will be implemented to resolve salary anomalies of the electricity workers, said Power and Energy and Business Development Minister Ravi Karunanayake in Parliament yesterday.

Minister Karunanayake was responding to a question by MP Thushara Indunil in the question round for oral answers. He said the programme will be implemented before August 30. The Minister said it is not the government’s policy to privatise the Electricity Board.

Minister Karunanayake said society has wrong notion about renewable energy. He said the country needs a stable power generation programme. He said a mixed power generation programme should be pursued and a more organised mechanism will be implemented in the future.

He said a genuine mechanism will be implemented to resolve CEB workers’ wage issues.