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Sri Lanka Catholic Cardinal invited to power project committee, opposes coal

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Catholic Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has been invited send a representative to power project committees after he complained about pollution from a power plant in the North East of the country which the church had opposed earlier.

Power Minister Mahinda Amaraweera had met the Cardinal December 23.

Cardinal Ranjith had complained that people in Kalpitiya were in difficulties due to the coal plants in Norochcholai and had asked not permit coal plants but build renewable power generators instead.

Sri Lanka has three Chinese built plants hurriedly built in in Norochcholai, after an earlier Japanese funded plant which was designed to be on planned specifications was cancelled after opposition from the Church.

Religious lobbies had also scuttled the first coal plant, industry analysts have said.

Diesel plants were also polluting the Cardinal had complained.

In addition to power sector experts, Minister Amaraweera had promised to include representatives from the clergy in future power project committee.

The Cardinal was invited to name his own representatives.

The Cardinal had said that Sri Lanka was not using enough wave, wind or solar power and had expressed sorrow that authorities were not paying enough attention to renewables.

Amaraweera had responded that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was also in favour or green energy and the Ceylon Electricity Board will generate 70 percent of its energy by renewable by 2030. (Colombo/Dec23/2019)

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