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* Massive crowds throng to view hydro power tunnel in Sri Lanka
Fri, Nov 5, 2010, 08:40 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 05, Talawakelle: Massive crowds thronged to Talawakelle in Sri Lanka's hill country ignoring torrential showers today to view the country's longest tunnel.

Sri Lanka Ministry of Power and Energy has opened the tunnel for public view following President Mahinda Rajapaksa's inspection Thursday.

The authorities initially allowed three days from today for the people to view the tunnel but due to the massive crowd that thronged the site today the Ministry has decided to keep the tunnel open for public view from November 17 to 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The tunnel that channels water from the Kothmale stream to the hydropower station is 12.9 km long and 5.2 meters wide.

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