Saturday, June 10, 2017

US firm in 1968 recommended construction of 6 dams to prevent floods and landslides here

The Carillon Generating Station is located about 19 kilometres from Rigaud, one of the Quebec communities hardest hit by recent flooding.
by Ajith Alahakoon and Kushan Subasinghe- 

A US engineering company had warned 49 years ago that Sri Lanka would continue to suffer from floods and landslides till it constructed six dams across three main rivers, Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena said yesterday.

He told The Island that he had requested the government to implement the proposal by the US company to erect six dams at several places of the rivers Kalu, Gin and Nilvala, so that the country would be free from floods threat.

The Colorado based ECI Engineering Consultants Company in a feasibility study done for the Agriculture, Irrigation, Lands and Power Ministry warned that there could be landslides and floods. The report had called for timely action to control the three rivers and otherwise predicted floods and landslides, the minister said.