President Maithripala Sirisena has stressed that
the responsibility of building a prosperous nation overcoming the economic crisis will be fulfilled. The President was speaking at the release of the maiden waters to the Moragahakanda Reservoir today.
The Moragahakanda Reservoir is the largest multi-functional irrigation project to come up in the island. The release of the maiden waters to the Reservoir took place at an auspicious time this morning under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The fourth largest Reservoir will have a capacity of 460,000 acres feet of water. It will have a main dam and two subsidiary dams. It is the largest Reservoir to be built in the country after a lapse of 30 years.
The Project is expected to cost 55.7 million US Dollars. The main purpose of the Project is to find solutions to the water issues in the Matale, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Trincomalee Districts.
The President also cut the first sod of earth of the Upper Elahera Canal, the longest irrigation canal to come up in the country marking a new chapter in the island’s irrigation history. The canal will run from Moragahakanda to Mahakanadarawa in Anuradhapura. Its distance is 103 kilometres. The total cost of this project will be 65,000 million rupees. The Government’s intention is to complete the work within six years.
The handing over of deeds of lands given for resettlement to families displaced as a result of the Moragahakanda Development Project took place under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena.
Among those present were many Parliamentarians.