Conservation and presentation of the Urubokka ancient Dam site

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Conservation and presentation of the Urubokka ancient Dam site
Location
Continent Asia
Countries Sri Lanka
Sites Urubokka
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Status
Project duration 2006  till 2008
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Classification
Type of Project Care & Management
Discipline Conservation
Activity Sustainable development
Category Built heritage
Keyword(s)
VOC, Landscape

This Dam has been constructed by Dutch rulers in the 18th century. This Stone Masonry Dam was constructed across a tributary of Nilwala Ganga called Uruboku Oya, which is presently situated in Matara District and I Pasgoda Divisional Secretariat area. It is a canal with a length of 1 km, which has been excavated to divert this water to Uruboku Oya which flows to the sea at Ranna. The location of the dam is a narrow strip with steep side slopes. The length of the dam is 35m and the depth is 12m, the width at the top is 5m with a road over it. It gets a rainfall of more than 2500mm annually. Since floods had affected the dam in May 2003, the tail canal was severely damaged, but the main dam was unaffected, but only a narrow ditch remains and the diversion canal is blocked with waterweeds in the middle. The canal has been silted up in many reaches thus blocking the waterway to Uruboku Oya. The bridges have been damaged and need rehabilitation. Furthermore, heavy vegetation has to be cleared and faces and the Stone Masonry have to be re- plastered without affecting the ancient looks. The canal needs to be dredged and few bridges have to be constructed among the canal.


information point
the dam


Project information

Objectives
The construction of a retaining wall for dam and spill, viewing gallery, handrails for the dam, and stairs from road to water level


Result(s)
The construction of a retaining wall for dam and spill, viewing gallery, handrails for the dam, and stairs from road to water level has been completed. As is the case with a provision of leisure boats for visitors and the dam has been cleaned and landscaped.

There is a Conservation proposal for Urubokka Dam, stage II


Document(s)
Integrated Plan for Conservation, Preservation and Development of Cultural Heritage Sites and Tourism promotion in the Southern Region within the concept of ‘A Cultural Triangle in the South’ under the Netherlands-Sri Lanka Cultural Cooperation Programme 2006/2009. Ministry of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage, 2006, Sri Lanka.


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Involved organisation(s)
Department of Archaeology Sri Lanka
Irrigation Department, Sri Lanka

Funding organisation(s)
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Organisations referring to this project
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Irrigation Department, Sri Lanka



Involved expert(s)
H.D.S. Hettipathirana




Related Project(s)
Integrated Plan for Conservation, Preservation and Development of Cultural Heritage in the Southern Region within a concept ‘A Cultural Triangle in the South’ under the Netherlands-Sri Lanka Cultural Cooperation Programme 2006/2009
Conservation proposal for Urubokka Dam, stage II

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