Power to .. the People

Spare Tourism Zones from power cuts – Progressive Hon. Minister

Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has appealed to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to spare Tourism Zones across the county from the daily countrywide power outages.

The Minister said that power cuts may risk the revival of tourism in Sri Lanka during this peak winter season, just as tourists have begun to return since the pandemic. The Minister has appealed to the President to consider many requests made by stakeholders in the industry to spare all Tourism Zones from the scheduled power cuts.

He said that Solar Power, Wind and Hydro Power Generation Projects Development State Minister Duminda Dissanayake who attended the last Cabinet meeting in the absence of the Power and Energy Minister Gamini Lokuge had agreed to discuss this matter with the Ceylon Electrify Board and to take further actions.

There are sixteen tourism zones including Nilaveli, Madhu river,
Arugam Bay,
Trincomalee, Kalkudah, Pinnawala, Dedduwa, Bentota, Kuchchaveli, Kalpitiya, Unawatuna, Negombo, Beruwala, Mount Lavinia, Yala and Ella in Sri Lanka at present and possibilities are seeking at least to spare theses zone from the daily power cuts,” the Minister added.

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