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Operation of small scale hydro power plants threatens environment at Yatiyantota

Dec 26, 2010 3:54:56 AM - itnnews.lk

The operation of five small scale hydro power plants in Yatiyantota has been suspended.

The Kegalle District Coordinating Committee decided to suspend the functioning of the power plants. The power plants are being operated in Amaranawala, Berannawa, and Malalpola areas that face landslide threats. Reports say that the power plants have caused an environmental imbalance. Meanwhile the committee decided not to authorize the construction of a drinking water plant at Warshawatta in Dehiovita. The District coordinating Committee met under the patronage of Minister Ranjith Siyambalapitiya and Chief Minister of Sabaragamuva Mahipala Herath. Senior Minister Tissa Witharane, Deputy Minister Lalith Dissanayake and people’ representatives of the area participated in the occasion.