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* Electricity for 33,000 households in Sri Lanka's North Central Province
Fri, Oct 8, 2010, 10:33 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 08, Colombo: Sri Lankan government plans to provide electricity to 33,000 households in the North Central Province.

Under the 4th phase of the Rural Electrification Project to extend the electrification coverage to 100% in rural areas, electricity will be supplied to 225 rural villages. According to the government 225 new substations are needed to be constructed for the project.

The Cabinet of Ministers yesterday granted approval for the Ceylon Electricity Board to sign a commercial contract with the funding agency Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

The contractor of the project Eltel Networks of Sweden has agreed to provide a financial facility for 85% of the cost amounting to US$ 50.46 million. The total cost of the project is estimated to be US $59.365 million.

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