Watershed

In a compromise with its new coalition partners, the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), the Government has agreed to water down its Upper Kotmale Hydropower Plant . In a compromise with its new coalition partners, the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), the Government has agreed to water down its Upper Kotmale Hydropower Plant . The compromise is to not tap the Devon, Puna and Ramboda Waterfalls in constructing the Upper Kotmale hydropower project, losing 20 percent of the generation capacity of the project.

“The CWC agreed to Upper Kotmale but with a small reduction in generation capacity,” Minister of Power and Energy Susil Premajayantha told Lanka Business Online.

The Upper Kotmale project has been designed to generate 528 GWh of power annually from its 150 MW plant.

The CWC objected to the 150 MW power plant because of environmental impacts including loss of water to neighbouring waterfalls.

Upper Kotmale hydropower project is designed with an installed capacity of 150 MW consisting of two 75MW units, at a cost of Rs 98.2 bn.

One strong objection to the power plant, both from the CWC and environmentalists, was due to the diversion of water