Victoria Dam, Teldeniya

#15 of 18 in Parks in Kandy District
Victoria Dam is an arch dam located 130mi upstream of the Mahaweli River's mouth and 4mi from Teldeniya. Its main purposes are irrigation and hydroelectric power production. It is the tallest dam in Sri Lanka, and supports a power station, the largest hydroelectric power station in the country. Construction of the dam commenced in 1978, and was ceremonially completed by then-President Jayewardene in April 1985.
The Victoria Dam was constructed under the Accelerated Mahaweli Development Programme (AMDP). The project had been in planning for 30 years but was accelerated in 1977 to address economic difficulties within the country. The plan is designed to irrigate 365000ha of land and provide 600 MW of electricity. The Victoria Dam was originally proposed in 1964 after studies were completed by Canada's Huntings Technical Services and a team from the United Nations Development Program—Food and Agriculture Organization (UNDP-FAO). Construction of the dam was inaugurated on 14 August 1978, by the then-President Jayewardene with implementation of the main structures beginning in 1980. Its completion was marked by a ceremony on 12 April 1985. Construction of the dam and tunnel was completed by the British Joint Venture of Balfour Beatty and Edmund Nuttall, while Costain Group carried out the construction of the power station. The consultant engineers on the project was Sir Alexander Gibb & Partners. The dam resettled about 30,000 people — four times the estimate.
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  • This is good place to visit if you are staying close by. You have to go off the main road. There are areas to relax. You can drive up to the Army check point after that it's a walk.  more »
  • #Victoria #Dam #view point #Kandy District #Sri #Lanka. Entrance free. This is one of the most attractive place in #Ceylone when the #reservoir water spill gates are opened. One and a half drive from ...  more »
  • This place is nice and awesome technology. wonderful place. plese refer full story. it is nice story and wonderful technology. please go this place. Note: Please protect this place environment and everything..
  • Invaluable gift from Great Britain. The mighty Dam stands itself in front of the huge waters. Calmness of environment adds a beat to the heart. Untouched forest is enchanting and gives tranquility to the floating mind. Bird's hums fill the ears with extraordinary feeling of life. Why did i took that lenth of time to visit there?
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