Nov 01, Colombo: A trade union affiliated to Sri Lanka's energy sector has called on the power and energy authorities to reveal the agreement on the proposed Sampur coal power plant.
General Secretary of the Lanka Electricity Board Employees' Union Ranjan Jayalal said the union had written to the Power and Energy Minister and the Chairman of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) requesting the agreement to set up the Sampur plant be made public.
However, there has not yet been any response to the letter sent by the trade union, the activist said.
Ceylon Electricity Board has signed a MoU with India's National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to build the 500 megawatt coal power plant in Sampur in Trincomalee as a measure to meet the growing demand for energy.
Jayalal noted that parliament and trade unions have the right to question about the Sampur plant to ensure that it would not turn out to be like the Norochcholai coal power plant that is constantly out of service.
He explained that it would be the general public who would have to bear the burden if the Sampur power plant were to be a failure.
According to Jayalal, the people are already burdened with the Norochcholai coal power plant and they cannot be further burdened due to the government's failures.