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President inspects the longest tunnel

Nov 4, 2010 5:32:57 AM - itnnews.lk

The President has inspected the construction work of the longest tunnel in Sri Lanka.

The President who arrived at the site this morning inspected the massive development project. The tunnel which is 12.9 kilometers in length has a diameter of 5.2 meters. It takes water to the Kotmale Hydropower plant which is the final, large scale Hydropower project to be built in Sri Lanka with the capacity of 150 megawatts. The construction work of the Kotmale Hydropower plant was launched in March 2006. The construction was carried out in five phases. The Project Office says that 75 percent of work of the total project has now been completed. The project will add 150 megawatts to the national grid by the end of 2011. It is expected to generate 409 million units of power annually. Japan is providing aid for the construction while the Ceylon Electricity Board is also providing funds.