Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera says President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided not to prioritise the construction of coal and diesel-powered power plants.
The Minister said the President conveyed his opinion during a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.
Speaking at the ‘Surakimu Ganga’ function to protect the banks of the Walawe and Kirindi Oya the Minister said the government has allocated Rs.200 million for the project in its 2022 Budget.
The Minister commented on a survey by the Central Environmental Authority concerning 103 rivers in Sri Lanka, that revealed low income earning families living in river banks who did not have access to proper toilet facilities were dumping their faecal matter into the water bodies.
Therefore, he also pointed out that Rs.19 million has been allocated to construct toilets for such families residing around the Kelani, Manik and Walawe rivers through the imminent Budget.
Meanwhile, the Environment Minister revealed of plans to generate 70% of the country’s power demand through renewable energy sources by 2030.