Sri Lankan villagers protest against proposed windmill project

Apr 12, Colombo: Villagers in Sri Lanka’s North Western city of Kalpitiya held a protest today against a proposed wind power project in the area due to the adverse impact it would have on their vegetable cultivations.

The villagers have called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa to intervene and address their grievances.

Sri Lankan government encourages the generation of electricity using renewable resources as an alternative to the electricity generated from burning fossil fuel and accordingly the government plans to transform Kalpitiya area into a wind power generating zone.

The location experiences winds in a north easterly direction from December to February and much stronger winds in a south westerly direction from May to September.

Already 20 wind power plants have been established and five more are being built in the area.

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