The United National Party (UNP) has expressed that it welcomes the news of the President signing the “No New Coal” Agreement in New York during the U.N. General Assembly.
UNP Working Committee member Dinouk Colombage notes that the President is continuing a policy that was originally started by the Party.
“In 2016 it was the UNP Government who converted the proposed Coal power plant in the Eastern Province into a LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) power plant. This was a joint venture with India and the agreement to convert the projects, which had been originally started by the former Rajapaksa regime, would have caused untold environmental damage,” he stated.
Colombage further expressed that the UNP Government at the time entered into three proposed LNG power plants. One was with India, a second with Japan and a third was a floating power plant at the Hambantota Port.
While iterating that the President has taken the correct decision in continuing this policy started by the UNP, they have requested the Government to explain why they have halted the previously proposed LNG power plants.
“Sri Lanka will face a power crisis if new power plants are not built, what is the Government going to do to address this?” Colombage asks.