Jan 17, Colombo: President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has intervened to resolve the environmental and problems faced by the people arise due to the Chinese-built Norochcholai coal power plant in the island’s northwest.
The President drew his attention to this matter during a discussion held today with the Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith and the Chilaw Bishop as well as the clergy and the laity of the area.
The President emphasized that the power plant should function according to the technical and environmental requirements. He drew attention to the damage done to the environment and the people due to the failure to comply with the directives laid down in the commencement of the project.
The President said that the companies and authorities in charge of the project would be promptly advised on the steps to be taken.
The Lakvijaya Power Station established in Norochcholai in Puttalam district consisting of three coal-powered generators currently produces 900 MW of electricity. A decision has not yet been taken on a fourth generator.
President Rajapaksa also stressed that energy is the key to the rapid development of the country and the importance of focusing on alternative energy sources. The President pointed out that alternative energy should be generated at a minimum cost and should be environmentally friendly and people friendly. The government’s plan is to generate eighty percent of the country’s energy requirement through renewable sources by 2030.
The President informed the Cardinal Ranjith that the Minister of Power and Energy will direct a team of engineers to investigate the work of the Norochcholai Power Plant and added that he too will be coming to inspect the activities of the Power Plant. He also stated that steps will be taken to solve the problems with the religious leaders and the people of the area.