Friday, August 31, 2012

Periya Kallaaru, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.

Road to Kallaaru from Batticaloa
Rebuilt Hindu temple on the shore at Periya Kallaaru
A beautiful stretch of the sea-shore and a beautiful Hindu temple on its shore. The Tsunami destroyed everything but the new temple is better after rebuilding.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Entrance to Kaaththaankudy, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.Da

The entrance

Date palms bearing fruit

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ottamavadi bridge, Valaichchenai, Sri Lanka,

New bridge at Ottamawadi before Valaichchenai on the Batticaloa road. The older bridge by the side of this bridge, which carried both rail and road traffic now carries only rail traffic.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Road to Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.

The road to Batticaloa past Manampitiya
This is the road connecting Batticaloa to Colombo. It is well paved. You can see the railway line running parallel in the second picture.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dimbulagala, Sri Lanka.

Dimbulagala rock temple
On the road from Girandurukotte to Manampitiya this Buddhist temple is a land mark.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Girandurukotte to Manampitiya, Sri Lanka

A house in a by-lane
Roadworks in progress


Friday, August 17, 2012

Road to Girandurukotte from Mahiyangana, Sri Lanka

Lush greenery lining the roadway greets ones eyes on this road which is being done up.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mahiyangana to Girandurukotte, Sri Lanka.

Roads are being developed around Mahiyangana at a rapid pace. This road goes past Girandurukotte to Dehiaththakandiya, Dimbulagala and onto Manampitiya.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Mahaweli at Mahiyangana, Sri Lanka

The Mahaweli was very low at Mahiyangana due to the prevailing drought when I took this photo on the 3rd August 2012. This is looking downstream.

Monday, August 13, 2012

On the road to Hasalaka

The winding road coming down after the 18 hairpin bends
The approach to Hasalaka
The land looks green even with a lack of rainfall. Photo taken on the 3rd August 2012.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Road from Madugoda to Hasalaka.

bends on the Madugoda - Hasalaka road.
Spoiling the beauty of nature.

The beauty of a countryside and the ugliness brought by advertisements by the roadside.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Madugoda and beyond, Sri Lanka.

The valley below Madugoda with the mountains.
Highway from Madugoda to Mahiyangana.
The road from Madugoda to Mahiyangana is a beautiful highway. The valley below and the range of mountains called 'The Knuckles range' is a sight for sore-eyes.
Video of an elephant getting a ride on a truck:-

Friday, August 10, 2012

Hunnasgiriya 3/8/2012

Valley on the right, going to Madugoda from Hunnasgiriya
The dry bed of a stream
The beautiful valley facing a drought and the once flowing stream now dry.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Hunnasgiriya to Madugoda 3/8/2012

The road downhill from Hunnasgiriya to Madugoda

Looking down into the valley below
The highway from Theldeniya to Mahiyangana is done up. It takes two hours drive from Kandy to Mahiyangana now. On this trip to Batticaloa I took these pictures. There is a severe drought on now but the greenery is still there.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The road to Hunnasgiriya, Sri Lanka.

Road from Teldeniya to Hunnasgiriya
Hairpin bend on the road from Teldeniya to Hunnasgiriya
The road from Teldinya to Hunnasgiriya was very narrow and steep. I used to go often on this road after 1969. Now it is a superb highway.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Solar panels, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

Eight solar panels on the roof of the house
Fronius inverter near the distribution box
Electricity board supply (input) meter and Solar output to the mains meter
We have been using three photo-voltaic solar panels to charge a battery during the day. This was used to light up six CFL bulbs in our house at night over the last 12 years. This cost about Rs.60,000/ but has served us well. We have now switched to LED bulbs on this and it gives even better service. The draw-back was the battery which needs replacement every three years and costs Rs.10,000/. This is called an 'Off-grid' system and operates on 12 volts direct current.
Recently I thought of installing a 'Grid-tie' system to save on our electricity bill which uses up 200 odd units per month. I looked around and opted for this 8 panel system. It feeds about 300 Volts direct current on a sunny day to the inverter which converts it to 230 Volts alternating current and feeds it to the mains. I paid
up to Rs.6000/ for my monthly electricity bill, using above 200 units earlier. After installation of the 'grid-tie'  Solar panels I have used anything from 10 to 20 units only per month. The electricity bill came to less than Rs.200/ per month. The installation cost Rs610,000/- and was done by Solartherm, near the  Castle street level crossing, Borella, Colombo, Sri Lanka, in one day using Solar panels from Sun Power Canada and Inverter from Fronius of Austria. The installation of the two meters for input and output of current was done by the Ceylon Electricity Board which supplies the mains current.
The parliamentary legislation needed to use a grid-tie system was passed in the Parliament of SL in 2009 and is now operational.
Instead of putting my six lakhs on a gas-guzzling car I diverted it to solar panels and am proud of it.
This is my contribution to a Green Earth.
In 2004 I came across a wind-mill generator and installation package in the UK for 1200 Pounds sterling. The wind-mills were made in China. Why can't we use this on  a large scale in Sri Lanka. There is plenty of wind round our coastline and our central hills.

I hope more wind-mill generators and solar  panels for individual homes are installed in Sri Lanka to use on a 'grid-tie' basis.  It is time the Government stepped in and granted a subsidy to householders on these systems. We can wean our way out of dependence on oil and coal. Since more than 50% could be from public financing the burden on the government would be less than on a project similar to Norochcholai.