CEB clears massive hurdle in lagoon

Transmitting N’cholai power to A’pura:

By Ifham Nizam

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) with the support of the China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) has erected six pylons in the Chilaw lagoon to supply power to Anuradhapura via transmission lines from the Norochcholai coal-fired power plant.

A top CMEC official told The Island that the plant was now in a position to supply 900MW to the national grid without any hindrance. However, due to the high intake of hydro generation they were releasing power from only two boilers of the plant.

He said that they were now in the process of training Sri Lankan workers to act independently.

A high-level team comprising officials of the Power and Energy Ministry and the CEB, held crucial talks with the fishers of the area recently on the construction of pylons in the lagoon.

The fishing community backed by local UPFA politicians opposed the CEB’s move to construct towers in the area for the new 220 KV line, necessary for transmitting electricity from Norochcholai to Veyangoda via Anuradhapura after the commissioning of the second phase of the coal power plant.

During a recent visit Power and Energy Minister Pavithradevi Wanniarachchi, CEB Chairman W. B. Ganegala and CEB General Manager Shavi Fernando explained to the fishing community the need for constructing three to four towers in the lagoon stretch.

CEB settled the grievances of a section of the Norochcholai-based fishing community through a Rs. 100 million Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Project, and the CEB tackled fresh problems with more fisher-folk demanding infrastructure development at a cost of Rs. 500 million.

A.CEB official said that earlier Rs. 100 million had been released through Provincial Councils and some Pradeshiya Sabhas for development work.

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