President Mahinda Rajapaksa will open the Upper Kotmale tunnel, which is 12.9km in length today. This is the longest tunnel in Sri Lanka, Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said.
The public can view the tunnel on November 5, 6 and 7 from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. Transport and security will be provided to the public.
Access to the tunnel will be limited at a time to prevent congestion, the Minister told a press briefing yesterday.
According to the Minister, water will be filled in to the tunnel next year. Electricity generated by this project (150 MW) will be added to the national grid by December next year. The total cost of the project is Rs 44 billion, Ranawaka said. The Sri Lankan Government provided Rs 10 billion and the Japanese Government provided Rs 34 billion. This year the country burnt around 9,132 million units of power. It is estimated that this number will go up to 9,554 million next year. The Upper Kotmale Project will provide five percent of this requirement. It annually provides 409 GW hours of electricity, he told the briefing at the Government Information Department yesterday.