Fisheries harbours to get solar panels

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Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda has directed the Ministry Secretary and other officials to install solar power panels at 22 fishery harbours in the country as well as the Peliyagoda Fish Market Complex.

Dodanduwa, Suduwella, Hikkaduwa, Modara, Nilwella, Hambantota, Negombo, Chilaw, Tangalle, Ambalangoda, Mirissa, Weligama, Panadura, Dikkowita, Beruwela fishery harbours and the Cod-bay fishery harbour in Trincomalee are also among them, according to Minister Devananda.

Devananda added that every fishery harbour in the country will be provided electricity so they can function uninterrupted amid the prevailing power crisis.

This decision follows discussion the Minister had with the officials of Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (SLSEA) led by its Chairman Ranjith Sepala.

SLSEA pledged to provide its fullest support to implement the proposed project.

Furthermore, Devananda expressed confidence that necessary action will be taken to find reasonable solutions for fishermen in Kalpitiya who have been engaging in drag net fishing by submitting a cabinet paper.

This follows requests by drag net fishermen who were impacted by legal action taken by certain environment activists alleging that the fishing process has caused severe impact to the marine environment as well as the aquatic resources, the Minister said.

A final decision will be taken in this regard while protecting marine resources, Devananda added.  

By Naalir Jamaldeen