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Electricity for IDP villages in N & E

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The Sri Lanka Electricity Board has supplied electricity to over 95 percent of a quarter million displaced people in the North-East, after they were resettled in their places of origin.

According to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) Chairman Vidya Amarapala, the Board's electricity penetration programmes have reached all IDP villages in the North and East. The board is giving electricity to the resettled free of charge. The provision of electricity will be available to them throughout the year, The Chairman said.

He explained that CEB started its electricity enhancement projects in the districts of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Mannar in the Northeast as part of the government's strategy for the revival of infrastructure in war-torn areas under Vadakkin Wasanthan.

"CEB has fulfilled its task of introducing electricity to the resettled on a fast track under the programme," he said. The projects were implemented from the time the government ended LTTE terrorism in the Northeast in 2009.

The Chairman said that their challenge was to rapidly transmit electricity in the war-torn districts so that other development activities could manifest themselves with its help.