Despite vehement protests the Sri Lankan government is adamant in handing over the three power projects to China on islands in the sea close to the Indian coast.
Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila reiterated that there is no change in the government’s decision to hand over the three islands Delft Island, Analativu and Nainativu in the Northern Province to China.
"The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the award of a tender to a Chinese company after a competitive bidding process," he revealed.
“Removing the Sri Lanka Navy Camp from the Port is out of the question since the President has held discussions with China and has granted the Sri Lanka Navy the full control authority,” he said.
India has lodged a strong protest with Sri Lanka on the award of a tender to a Chinese company to set up three renewable energy projects in outlying islands off the Jaffna peninsula.
Diplomatic sources said that India’s protest was on the grounds that such a move would raise security concerns for them.
The USD 12 million ADB funded projects have been awarded to MS/Sinosar-Etechwin Joint Venture in China based on the recommendation given by the Cabinet appointed Standing Committee on Procurement.
Under the project, international competitive bids were called to install hybrid renewable energy systems in the three islands utilizing accessible energy resources to improve the efficiency of the prevailing energy network.