The Joint Federation of Trade Unions (Lanka Wurthiya Samithi Ekathuwa) yesterday expressed concern over the setting up of power projects in new locations with foreign assistance.
Convener of the Federation, Ananda Nimalaratne told The Island: `The government could go for loan or any other assistance to set up new power projects but the final say must be with the Ceylon Electricity Board.`
He said that the setting up of coal power plants in Trincomalee and Hambantota was good but the government should be very cautious about the conditions in its agreements with the interested foreign parties.
Nimalaratne also said that his union strongly believes that first of all the government should proceed with the coal power projects in Norachcholai and in Upper Kotmale.
`We are not against new power projects but it should serve the purpose and be beneficial to both consumers and the country. I don`t know why many are eager about power projects at new locations,` he said.
Power and Energy Minister W. D. J. Seneviratne also said that in order to overcome power crisis in the near future, before the end of this year, construction work on the much debated Norachcholai and Upper Kotmale coal power projects have to commence immediately.