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sriyanj 25-02-21 11:59 AM

Amazing Ancient Hydraulic Civilization - Sri Lanka
To The Freshmen of '59

Kindly log on to the below link it is very interesting and knowledgeable and make all of us very proud to be citizen of Sri Lanka.This is part of the History curriculum we had to do in the Middle School it is a good summary.

Narrator dose a fantastic job with the presentation and the pronunciation. Its a pity that when at school this person never took part in an oratorical contest which had attractive prizes of book vouchers with a face value of rupees twenty five in the late eighties.

Congratulations YOUNG MAN, we are very happy about your enormous talent and achievements.

Kind regards


Date: Sun, Feb 21, 2021 at 10:25 PM
Subject: Amazing Ancient Hydraulic Civilization - Sri Lanka


Need a bit of time????????!

From: U D Jayawardana <udj@ltl.lk>
Date: Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 6:07 PM
Subject: Re: Amazing Ancient Hydraulic Civilization - Sri Lanka

Sriyan Lot of people think the source water is the river which is not correct .The source of water for an island like ours is the rain.We have to preserve this resource.Over the years the potato and vegetable cultivators and the farms in Ambewela area had destroyed the forest cover which could preserve this water. Also the tree cover on the river beds no longer available. SriLanka now has a water shortage not only for farming but human consumption as well.Slightest drought will deplete the reservoirs.The only solution is at estuary of all these rivers to construct a Marine Barrages to store water and maintain a certain river depth.Singapore had done this very successfully with the Singapore river .This is an urgent requirement of the country. Unfortunately none of our leaders understand this.Late Dr Ray Wijewardana was pushing for this from 90s.

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From: <howzat.dhushan@t-online.de>
Date: Wed, Feb 24, 2021 at 11:31 PM
Subject: AW: Amazing Ancient Hydraulic Civilization - Sri Lanka

Thanks for sharing, Sriyan. There is none better than Arun!

From: terrip@sltnet.lk <terrip@sltnet.lk>
Date: Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 12:03 PM
Subject: Re: Amazing Ancient Hydraulic Civilization - Sri Lanka

Brilliant and very informative. Loved it tx mate great stuff pendi ️

From: Sakthi Arumugam <SArumugam@aecon.com>
Date: Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 4:41 AM
Subject: Amazing Ancient Hydraulic Civilization - Sri Lanka

Hi Sriyan/Arun,Thank you very much for forwarding this clip. Really enjoyed every single minute of it. As you may know my dad who is also an old boy was an irrigation engineer and was stationed in almost every part of Sri Lanka and restored hundreds of tanks. He also wrote text books in hydraulic engineering and always emphasized the value of village tanks versus big tanks. Arun ? there are no words that can compliment you on your presentation skills. You come across as the guy who owns the moment and is the subject matter expert of whatever you present! To top it all a voracious vocabulary. Keep going buddy!!
Best Regards,
Sakthi Arumugam

From: Arun Dias-Bandaranaike <arundb@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 10:53 AM
Subject: Re: Amazing Ancient Hydraulic Civilization - Sri Lanka

Ha ha Ha!!!!! Thank you, folk,for such sincere and warm plaudits. To be called 'young man' is priceless!
I must say that when I was going over the material that was being prepared for this documentary (which was supplied in large measure by a younger Thomian and now a fully-fledged video producer named Mohan Fernando), I was deeply conscious of a lack of knowledge with regard to 20th century initiatives that were taken in the northerly parts of Ceylon. And in my inward reckoning, I was thinking of people like Sakthi's dad and perhaps his brother! I know that there were provisions that were laid or at least were being actively proposed by the Arumugam clan (for convenience of expression!) , but with the time constraints that Mohan had placed on himself for finishing this project [during the Covid closure and slim business at his office!], I did not feel I had the time to investigate the totality of the irrigation thing.We relied heavily on what was to hand, and easily. But the Jaffna man's innovative capacity in dealing with scarce water and also in the limestone verity of that part, is nothing less than amazing! The productivity of the northern farmer is part of legend. That itself deserves a whole project. I think I shall suggest to Mohan we might do something like that.
I just want to say, too, that very little filming was done by Mohan. He accessed a large portion of the material from his own archive of a long time ago and also what was freely available in the public domain. All this because our operational budget was paper-thin!!! To cover Jaffna will need some funding, I think. Such a paucity of material on the water resources of that part. The government film unit, in the days when sensible and far better civil servants and administrators were in office, have covered the area and its many projects. But the GFU archives are nearly all destroyed by fungus and poor storage.Lester James Pieris when alive, did bring in a specialist from Singapore to try and salvage. She came and advised and also provided some funding through some UN agency. If you ask me where all that money and effort went, I shall have to look shamefacedly away and not answer and tell you the obvious!!!!!
Thank you for your kindly remarks. They are appreciated, mates.

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