Access to Electricity in Delft Island Nearing 100%

The Delft Island (known as Neduntheevu in Tamil), located off the northern-most tip of Sri Lanka, will soon be provided with electricity for 100 percent of its population. Earlier, less than 50 percent of the island’s population had access to a continuous supply of electricity, if at all.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, this week, ceremoniously commissioned the Delft East and Delft West electricity supply schemes from the Velanai Electricity Consumer Services Centre in Jaffna, which was also simultaneously declared open by the President.

The Deputy General Manager (Northern Province) of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Project Director of the Uthuru Wasanthaya (“Northern Spring”) Programme Mr. D. K.P.U. Gunatilleke said three power generators were newly installed in Delft, and that will help meet the electricity needs of 98 percent of the island’s approximately 1,300 households. Previously, less than half of the population in Delft had access to electricity.

“The power supply was scattered at that time due to infrastructure constrains,” Mr. Gunatilleke said. “Therefore, the families were not able to receive electricity around the clock.

The Delft Island, which has an area of 40 sq km, was severely affected by the conflict. Since travelling to and from the Island required moving across land or sea that was susceptible to heavy fighting, there was hardly any movement of people or goods between Delft and Sri Lanka’s mainland, thus isolating the people of the island for decades.

Following the commissioning, President Rajapaksa travelled to Delft, becoming the first head of state to do so.

The CEB began supplying uninterrupted electricity to Delft in 2011 with the support of the Sri Lanka Navy. Mr. Gunatilleke assured that “Delft Island will soon enjoy 100 percent electricity supply” with the opening of the new power supply schemes.

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Achchuveli Industrial Complex Declared Open in Jaffna

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The Achchuveli Industrial Complex in the Jaffna Peninsula was declared open last week under the Uthuru Wasanthaya (“Northern Spring”) Programme.

“Achchuveli industrial area was destroyed by the terrorists 25 years ago, but President Rajapaksa’s ‘Mahinda Chinthana – The Way Forward’ and ‘Uthuru Wasanthaya’ rebuilt it,” said Governor of the Northern Province Maj. Gen. (Retd) G.A. Chandrasiri.

The entire park extends over a total area of 65 acres and is being developed in two stages. The first stage consisted of the development of 25 acres at a cost of Rs. 300 million. Of this amount, the Sri Lankan Government contributed Rs. 50 million while the Indian Government provided the remaining Rs.250 million for infrastructure development within the industrial zone.

The development of this industrial park in Jaffna is expected to provide direct and indirect employment to more than 10,000 people in the region. More than eight companies have already commenced construction of factories during the first phase of the project.

“Small entrepreneurs also will be highly benefited from such (an) industrial zone,” Governor Chandrasiri said. “Other industrial zones have been already established in areas such as Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi and Vavuniya. The construction of another zone in Mullaitivu is currently in progress.”

The Sri Lankan Government provided basic facilities to the industrial park, including electricity, widened roads, pipe-borne water, a drainage system and a waste water treatment plant.

Sources:

Ministry of Economic Development
Northern Provincial Council

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