Japanese Input

The Japanese government commits money to get electricity transmission in the North back on track and for agriculture development. The Japanese government commits money to get electricity transmission in the North back on track and for agriculture development. A loan of Rs 1.2 bn will go towards rehabilitating the Vavuniya – Kilinochchi electricity transmission line.

“This project aims to reinforce the transmission network of Sri Lanka, by rehabilitating the Vavuniya-Kilinochchi 132 kv transmission line and constructing a grid substation at Kilinochchi,” said a Finance Ministry statement.

The project will be carried out over a three year period, starting mid this year, under the Ceylon Electricity Board.

Before work on the transmission line can begin, de-mining of the areas concerned will be carried out in coordination with the Ministry of Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation.

The loan is on concessionary terms under a new preferential scheme for peace building adopted by the government of Japan.

The loan is for 40 years, including a 10 year grace period, and interest is 0.75 percent per y