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Plea to Minister: Let there be electricity need of villagers

Eighty families living in Galapalleyaya village in the Ibbagamuwa DS division in a memorandum to Salinda Dissanayake, Kurunegala district MP and Minister of Coconut Development has requested him to take action to provide them with electricity under the Keppetiya-Yakadagolla-Galapalleyaya rural electrification scheme which was opened on April 24, 2007.


S. W. P. Chandralatha
Pictures from M. A. R. Manukulasooriya, Hiriyala group correspondent

Although electric wires can be seen everywhere in the village, electricity has not been supplied to the houses so far. The Daily News understands that the main cause of the delay in supplying electricity is a tug-of-war between two parties over the place where the electric transformer is to be erected.

Electricity has already been supplied to Keppetiya and Yakadagolla villages under this scheme. The villagers have allowed the Ceylon Electricity Board to cut down valuable trees in their lands without claiming any compensation with the hope of getting electricity.


The transformer in question.

"Wiring has already been done in our houses. Some of us had to obtain loans to spend for the wiring. Some had to pawn their jewellery. I had to sell my milch cows," said S. W. P. Chandralatha, a mother of three children.

Although they do everything with the light of bottle lamps, they have to pay a sum of Rs. 60 every month to the Electricity Board as meter charges. They request the Coconut Development Minister to take action to settle the dispute over the transfer and make arrangements to provide them with electricity as early as possible.

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