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Sluice Gates of many Reservoirs opened

Dec 4, 2010 11:35:45 AM - itnnews.lk

Sluice Gates of many Reservoirs in the island have been opened. Sluice Gates of the Victoria Reservoir have also been opened after five years.

Director General of the Mahaweli Authority D.C.M. Dissanayake said that the Victoria Reservoir also reached the spill level in the early hours of today, following the torrential rain experienced. As such two sluice gates automatically opened today.

He said that at present the water was flowing at a speed of 150 cubic metres per second. If the eight Sluice gates are opened, nine metres will be opened and the speed of the flow of water would be 7200 metres. The Kotmale reservoic is 701 metres. If the water level of the Kotmale Reservoir increased by another two metres, it will start to overflow. The Polgolla reservoir has already reached the spill-level. The Victoria Reservoir has reached the 438 metre level. As such, it is overflowing. The spill-level of Randenigala is 232 metres. It has now reached 228.5. In Rantambe, the water level is 152 metres. It has already reached 150 metres. He said its overflow will be determined based on the rainfall that may be experienced tonight.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has requested the Director General of the Mahaweli Authority to provide an opportunity for the public to have a glimpse of the rare occasion of the opening of the sluice gates of the Victoria Reservoir.

In the meantime, Deputy Irrigation Director Water Management T.J. Meegastenne said that Sluice Gates of many Reservoirs had already been opened.

Meanwhile, the stretch between Haputale and Bandarawela on the main Colombo – Badulla highway has been closed for traffic as it has caved in. The Police have requested the public to use the Diyatalawa road instead.