At present, the contribution to the national grid from local mini hydro plants is more than 5%.

“The Small Hydro Development Association will invest twenty billion rupees to construct Hydro projects which are expected to be completed in four years. Last year SHDA initiated twenty mini hydro projects,” SHDA Vice President Prabodha Sumanasekara, said.

“We have made a series of representations to successive governments. However, the delays are still continuing,” Sumanasekara, added.

“Many have said that Hydro power projects would be the answer to meet this demand,” Sumanasekara, said.

Asian countries like China, India, Vietnam and Nepal have been pursuing hydro power successfully and have the capacity to generate 17,000 MW, 138 MW, 61.4 MW and 8.7 MW, respectively.