Dec 01, 2010 (LBO) – Thirty parties have responded to a call for proposals to operate boat and leisure services at major reservoirs in Sri Lanka, irrigation minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said. Once the proposals are accepted the government was planning to kick off the services in January starting with the Victoria and Polgolla reservoirs in the Kandy district, an official said. An official said all the proposals appeared to be from local parties.
The government asked for proposals from private parties to operate boat services and restaurants at irrigation works connected to Sri Lanka’s Mahaweli river development project.
The operators would be subjected to 30 conditions including environmental regulations and boats have to be powered by engines smaller than 15 horsepower.
Proposals were called to operate boat services and restaurants at newly built Kotmale, Polgolla, Victoria, Randenigala, Ulhitiya, Maduru Oya, Bowatenne and the Udawalawe reservoirs.
In addition Kandalama, Kala, Chandrika, and Iranmadu reservoirs which are so-called ‘tanks’ dating back from Sri Lanka’s ancient irrigation related settlements were also opened for leisure activities.