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President opens Kokavil tower today

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will open the tallest self-supporting transmission tower in South East Asia- the Kokavil Transmission tower-in the Mullaitivu District in the Northern Province today. The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka has spent Rs.330 million to construct the 174 metre high multi-purpose transmission tower.

Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Commission’s Director General Anusha Pelpita said the tower will provide the Northern people better access to radio, TV and Internet facilities after 30 years.

The project was jointly launched by the Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and the Media Ministry under the instructions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa and full supervision of Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa.

The tower will also be used to introduce digital radio and television transmission using the Digital Video Broadcasting’s DVB-T2 digital terrestrial broadcasting standard through the Kokavil tower for the entire Northern Province.

This will help to provide high quality and clear television, radio and telecommunication coverage to the entire Northern Province.

He said the tower is to be utilized for TV, radio and telecommunication transmissions as well as military communication operations. Sri Lanka Army gave tremendous support to make the project a success. The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and the Independent Television Network commenced test transmissions in April.

”The TRC expects to provide space for several private media and telecommunication channels, especially Tamil channel transmission space through this tower,” Pelpita added. He said that the tower which was first constructed in 1982 was destroyed by the LTTE in July 1990. The TV and radio transmissions were interrupted for the entire Northern region once the tower was destroyed. Now the Northern people have a opportunity to watch TV and listen to the radio without transmission interruptions after several decades, he said.

Pelpita further said that the foundation stone to construct the Kokavil transmission tower was laid in March, 2009. The construction of the site came to standstill for six-seven months due to floods in the North. The transmission tower was constructed with the consultation of local engineers and using local manpower supervised by the Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau Sri Lanka.

”We now have an opportunity to give a clear picture and provide information to the Northern people regarding the government’s massive development drive and other social and political issues in the country,” he added.


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