Dec 12, 2019

Mini hydro approved by former secretary, suspended! Featured

The Power and Energy Ministry has focussed its attention on suspending the Kithulgala mini hydro power project which had been approved by the former Secretary of the Environment Ministry Anura Dissanayake through an appeal, it is reported.

The environmental groups have pointed out that this project would cause serious environmental damage.

However, the former secretary had justified his decision to grant approval for this project on the grounds that the investor had already spent a certain sum of money on this project.

The Kithulgala mini hydro project had attempted to commence work on three occasions but based on environmental assessment reports, it had not been approved.

When an attempt was made to commence this project in 2015 it was met with huge public protest.