January, 24, 2023
President Secretary Mr. Saman Ekanayake advised to appoint a committee to find out the problems that have arisen in connection with the water sport of white water rafting, which is a world-famous sport centered around the Kitulgala area due to the Broadland hydroelectric project.
The President's Secretary gave these instructions during the discussion held at the President's Office yesterday (23) afternoon to find out about the problems that have arisen in connection with the Kitulgala white water rafting game due to the Broadland Hydroelectric Project and the possible solutions.
The President's Secretary also advised that this committee, which will be appointed by the officials of the Ministry of Tourism and the line agencies, conduct a field investigation on the issues presented in connection with it and give a report within two weeks.
White water rafting, which is operated in the vicinity of Kitulgala, has attracted a lot of tourists from India and abroad.
Due to the Broadland hydroelectricity project, there has been a severe impact on the running of Kitulgala water rafting, the relevant service providers point out. Due to this reason, their livelihoods have also been greatly affected and they request to work for the safety of this sport, which has a great potential to earn foreign exchange for the country.
Broadland Hydropower Project Director who participated in this discussion pointed out that Kitulgala has taken steps to cooperate with the parties providing white water rafting services subject to the existing technical arrangements.
But the President's Secretary drew attention to the practical problems pointed out by the relevant service providers and instructed the officials to provide the fastest possible solutions.
Member of Parliament Ms. Rajika Wickramasinghe and Secretary of the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs K. Mahesan, Secretary of the Ministry of Irrigation U.D.C. Messrs. Jayalal and the officials representing the Ministry of Tourism, Ceylon Electricity Board, Central Environment Authority and other line agencies participated in this discussion.