The situation in Chilaw is tense with President Mahinda Rajapaksa due to kick start the long delayed and controversial coal power plant in Norochcholai today.
The Alliance for Protection of National Resources and Human Rights (APNRHR) which is up in arms over the construction of the much debated coal power plant is to hold a mass protest rally in the area to coincide with the laying of the foundation stone.
APNRHR convener Linus Jayathilleke told a news conference yesterday that a mass protest will be held with the participation of people belonging to all communities and religions against the government`s move.
An ecumenical religious service will be held at Manpuri Church premises while bells will be rung in all churches in the area. Meanwhile several environmentalists who attended the news conference called upon the government to go in for alternate sources such as wind power, solar power and dendro power. Environmental Consultant Piyal Parakrama alleged that government officials were keen to build the coal power plant as they could have been tempted with handsome commissions.
Mr. Parakrama said while China is funding the coal power plant project and promoting it in Sri Lanka the Chinese hoped to generate 20 giga watts by the year 2020, in China itself using wind power and in the process becoming the world`s largest producer of wind power.
?While suspending coal power production in China, it is promoting coal power plants in Sri Lanka,? he said.
Open University`s Professor H. Sriyananda said the country should use renewable energy such as dendro power as resources such as oil and coal were fast depleting.
Professor Arjuna De Soyza also from the Open University said the Government will have to incur additional costs to import coal if it decided to go in for coal power.
?Government is compelled to import coal as it is not available in the country. He explained that government would be able to save a large amount of funds if dendro power, wind power or solar power was used to generate electricity.