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* Marxist party organization and residents protest pulling high tension wires across Sri Lanka lagoon
Tue, Jun 3, 2014, 08:40 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 03, Colombo: An organization backed by Sri Lanka's Marxist party, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) will hold a protest and petition signing campaign tomorrow (June 04) against the pulling of high tension power wires across the Puttalam lagoon by the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).

Head of the Puttalam People's Voice, Samantha Koralearachchi said the holding column towers are being constructed on the lagoon without conducting a feasibility study.

He explained that each column tower would take up 20 perches of land on the lagoon and it would affect the lagoon and its bio diversity.

The power authority is looking at setting up holding columns to facilitate the high tension power lines that will connect the Norochcholai Coal Power Plant and Anuradhapura.

The CEB says there are only two high tension transmission lines for power supply from the Lakvijaya Power plant and if there is a breakdown in one of the lines the country will experience a blackout as there is no auxiliary line.

The power authority points out that two more high tension lines are needed before the third phase of the power plant can be operational.

However, the members of the Puttalam People's Voice held a protest on an island in the middle of the lagoon on Sunday (June 01) while the Sri Lanka Navy was engaged in conducting a soil test prior to the constructing of the nine holding column towers by the CEB.

According to Koralearachchi, the Navy had visited the island in the middle of the lagoon and conducted a soil test seemingly without written consent.

He said the Navy is to also take over the construction of the towers.

Koralearachchi added that the people in Puttalam will support the construction of the towers only if the wires and lines are pulled through the land and not the lagoon.

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