Special Report: A construction that is threatening to sink White Water Rafting and Kithulgala’s beauty

Special Report: A construction that is threatening to sink White Water Rafting and Kithulgala’s beauty

Written by Bella Dalima

05 Feb, 2015 | 10:44 pm

Last night on Prime Time News, News 1st exposed the risk that a certain construction is having on Sri Lankan Adventure Sports in Kithulgala.

Tonight, News 1st takes an in-depth look on this construction site and what outcome it may have for the natural beauty of this scenic environment and White Water Rafting.

Construction has already commenced for a proposed hydro power plant damming the Kelani River in Polpitiya, not very far from the tourism hot spot of Kithulgala.

The proposed power plant is named as “The Broadlands Power Plant”.

The White Water Rafting Association of Sri Lanka points out that after the construction of this power plant, the rapid flow of water which keeps White Water Rafting, one of the most engaging water sporting activities in the country – will see a natural death.

The News 1st team made its way to Polpitiya , where the proposed Hydro Power Plant project is underway, in a bid to experience first hand, the reality of the construction.

However, our efforts were washed away – down the river – when we were denied access to the site by a Chinese company – which claimed to be heading the construction.

River water that is retained by the dam under construction in Polpitiya is be moved through a tunnel to generate electricity and the excess water is to be released to the Kataran Oya.

Thirty five (35) megawatts of electricity is expected to be generated through this project.

Those engaged in the river rafting trade are not the only people affected by this construction.


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