Dam Safety Concept Paper Released

Posted on January 23, 2006  /  4 Comments

LIRNEasia in collaboration with The Vanguard Foundation, Sri Lanka National Committee on Large Dams (SLNCOLD), Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG) and Sarvodaya has released A Concept Paper for a Dam-related Hazard Warning System in Sri Lanka: A Participatory Study on Actions Required to Avoid and Mitigate Dam Disasters. This work was funded by The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.

The Concept Paper (version 2.0) and Annexes can be downloaded by following the links:

Dam Safety Concept Paper (version 2.0)
Dam Safety – Annexes


  1. Our colleague Badra Kamaladasa of the Sri Lanka National Committee on Large Dams (SLNCOLD) has informed us of the follow up actions being taken by her organization:

    “Hard copies have been sent so far to;
    B M S Samarasekara, President/SLNCOLD

    Director General of Irrigation

    Mr T M Abewickrama

    Secretary/Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Mahaweli Development

    Mr A D S Gunawardene

    Secretary /Ministry of Irrigation

    Mr Ranjith Fonseka
    General Manger, CEB

    Mr Nihal Rupasinghe

    Chairman, CECB

    Mr S Balasingham

    Project Director(NEIAP)

    North and East Provincial Councils

    (One additional copy to Dam Safety Unit of NE Provincial Councils)

    Ms Chandani Devendra

    Working Group Member/DMC

    Deputy Director(Designs)

    S H C De Silva

    Secretary/Treasurer (SLNCOLD)

    Ms J. Amarakoon

    Director (PD & SS)/Irrigation Department

    Ms P A S M Samarasekara

    Director(AM & WM)/Irrigation Department

    Ms Premakanthi Thalagala

    Addl Directro/Dam safety Unit


    Mr Nimal Wickramaratne

    DIrector/Headworks Operations and Management


    S Karunarathne

    Chairman/Mahaweli Engineering Services

    D W R Weerakoon

    Former Director General of Irrigation

    Dr GGA Godaliyadda

    Director(R D C)/Irrigation Department

    Mr P C Senaratne

    Director(SS)/Irrigation Department

    Mr H M Jayatilake

    Director(I & WM)/Irrigation Department

    Mr B K Jayasunadra

    DD(Env Studies)/Irrigation Department

    E-mail messages were sent to following giving the web link of the report (Those who are intereted in DS matters in Sri Lanaka)

    Mr Nihal Fernando (Regional Manager/World Bank- who is responsible for approval of WB funded NAVAM project)

    Mr Yapa, Dam Safety Engineer, who sent valuable comments to the interim report from NewZealand

    In addition, in our latest SLNCOLD news letter we circulated the following message:(This message will reach 200 of our members -dam engineers and geologists – who are directly responsible for planning, designing, construction and management of dams)

    Concept Paper for a Dam-related Hazard Warning system in Sri Lanka

    A concept paper for a Dam-related Hazard Warning system in Sri Lanka developed by a team of civil organizations in consultation with Sri Lanka National Committee of Large Dams (SLNCOLD) is available for reference at http://www.lirneasia.com . The report is available also on CD format for any one interested.

    At the draft stage many of SLNCOLD members gave insights and comments for the report to authors on our request. Most of the members of SLNCOLD are in position to review the contents and persuade relevant further actions within their organization. Hence the council requests the members to go through the report and either take further follow up action or sent the comments for SLNCOLD to develop our recommendations to be submitted to the relevant authorities.

    At the last SLNCOLD Council meeting I was directed to update the current postion of the report and make recommendations for furher action by SLNCOLD by the next concil meeting(In mid March). I am at the moment consulting some of the colleagues on this matter.”

    We greatly appreciate her dedication and hard work.

  2. I wasnt to concept paper for environment issuese