Sri Lanka's new hydro-power electricity project at Upper Kothmale will be commissioned in March, adding 150 megawatts of power to the national grid.
The ceremonial release of water to the newly constructed tunnel of the Upper Kothmale electricity project took place recently.
According to the Minister of Power and Energy Patali Champika Ranawaka, the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is expected to increase the country's total hydro electricity generation from 1,207.45 megawatts to 1,357.45 megawatts, with the commissioning of this new project.
The increase in the electricity capacity will help the CEB to reduce the electricity levy and also to provide uninterrupted power supply to 4.3 million electricity consumers, he said.
The CEB also said the water for the new power project is supplied from the Kothmale Oya through a 13 km long tunnel of 5.9 metre diameter to Niyamgamdora. Three cubic metres of water is carried per second through the tunnel.