Mini Hydro Power Project in Blackpool, Nuwara Eliya  E-mail




The first mini hydro power plant utilizing the excess water from the Gregory Lake, Nuwara Eliya was originated at Black Pool by Mr. D. G. Wimalasurendra in 1912 and it was in operation until 1960s. Even though it was abandoned in 1960s and the machinery was removed.

At the present

Nuwara Eliya Agricultural Co-operative Society Ltd. is currently housed in these buildings.

Nuwara Eliya Agricultural Co-operative Society Ltd.  has planned to reconstruct this mini hydro power plant as a new project in order to develop its own activities and also to contribute to enhance the national income of the country.

Thus, the Society has carried out a feasibility study on the reconstruction and has already obtained the provisional approval from the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority.

This mini hydropower project is expected to give rise to other sub projects of our organization.

  1. The first of which is constructing a cooling house that would facilitate storage of excess vegetables during  abundant season thus ensuring a stabilized price for the farmer in the off seasons.
  2. The second is constructing a dryer to preserve the excess crop of the area which would provide a substantial income to the growers. Therefore, this project would enhance the livelihoods of the people of the area which would contribute to the national income.

The electricity capacity targeted to be generated in this proposed plant is 500 kilowatts. After the usage of the internal projects the excess energy is planned to be fed to the national grid of the Ceylon Electricity Board.

Establishment of a Broadcasting Station


Simply gathering data will not be sufficient. There should be a method of verifying the accuracy of that data in several manners. Once it is accomplished then the accurate data should be dispersed quickly to farmers at the right time. In order to achieve this objective Nuwara Eliya Agricultural Cooperative Society expects to start a broadcasting service which would enable spreading of following data and information to the grass root level.

We believe it would be the quickest method to carry this information to the farmer.

1. Daily weather conditions at divisional levels

2. The variety of crops cultivated at a given time in different regions

3. Communication among farmers in different regions as to what is being cultivated at a    given time and in what amounts in order to obtain the best price

4. The daily buying needs of respective regions

5. Prospects and complains about supply and demand

6. Educating farmers about appropriate pesticides, fertilizer and crops

7. Market trends and best time for harvesting

8. Revealing outstanding performances of farmers to the country

9. Organizing debates and discussions on agriculture

10. Distributing plants through collective nurseries instead of isolated nurseries (this would enable distribution of best quality plants in an economical way which is an economic benefit to the country).

Distributing plants through main nurseries would formulate the cultivators to grow only the amount according to the necessity and it would be the prime step in ultimate zonal system where the plant production is carried out taking the country’s existing supply and demand into consideration.



Last Updated on Friday, 16 October 2009 15:10

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