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President inaugurates filling of water to the Kalu Ganga – Moragahakanda reservoir

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By ITN News Editor July 23, 2018 18:51

President inaugurates filling of water to the Kalu Ganga – Moragahakanda reservoir

The country marked a significant milestone today with the inauguration of the filling of water to the Kalu Ganga Reservoir that is being built parallel to the Moragahakanda reservoir under the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga multi-purpose irrigation project. The release of the maiden waters took place under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena near the Laggala Kalu Ganga Dam. The Kalu Ganga-Moragahakanda project is the biggest multi-functional irrigation project aimed at irrigating parched dry lands in the Rajarata, Wayamba, Central and Eastern Provinces and Wanni in the Northern Province.
The Kalu Ganga begins from the Kalu Pahana area near the Knuckles mountains of the Dumbara Valley within the Matale District. The Kalu Ganga Reservoir is being established in the Pallegama area in Laggala obstructing the Kalu Ganga. The total capacity of the reservoir is 248 million cubic meters. The main dam is 618 meters long and 68 meters high. The top of the dam is 8 meters wide. The catchment area is 128 square km and the size of the reservoir is 14.5 square km
Water is provided from the Kalu Ganga Reservoir for 3000 families that are being resettled in the lower valley of the Kalu Ganga. The reservoir will irrigate 3,000 hectares in the Kaluganga basin.
Water from both, the Moragahakanda and Kalu Ganga reservoirs, will be primarily used to support agricultural needs to an area of at least 81,422 hectares. This will increase rice production by 81% or 109,000 tons, amounting to an estimated monetary benefit of US$1.67 million, annually. In addition to irrigation of land, water from the Moragahakanda Reservoir generates 25-megawatt power at the Moragahakanda Hydroelectric Power Station.
The President also unveiled a 27 feet tall granite replica of the Avukana Buddha Statue on one edge of the Moragahakanda Reservoir bund. It took place amidst the chanting of Seth Pirith. The statue was entrusted to the Ven. Aliyawele Vipulasara Thera. The President joined in offering the first flowers to the statue.
The hydro-electricity plant, which generates 25 Megawatt hydro-power will also be added to the national grid today by the President.
The President joined in inspecting the Upper Elahera Canal the longest underground tunnel in South Asia. The 96 kilometre long canal will cost 67000 million rupees. The President launched its balance construction work. The water of the Kalu Ganga reservoir will be released through the tunnel to the Moragahakanda reservoir at a rate of 35 cubic meters per second. The width of the tunnel is 25 feet and the construction work is scheduled to be completed in 36 months. Noteworthy is the conduct of all plans in an environment friendly manner.
The Moragahakanda Reservoir will be named after the renowned civil engineer Dr. A.N.S. Kulasinghe.
Addressing the function, the President said that it was today that he was really happy as it was the occasion marking the release of water to the Kaluganga Moragahakanda Project. He said that this historical Project is the Scheme that strengthens the national economy of the country. It was Dr. A.N.S Kulasinghe who briefed him earlier about the project. It was in 2007 that the foundation stone was laid with former President for the launch of work on the project. He referred to the attempts made by his to secure loans for the launch of the Project and submit the documents to the Government to start work on the scheme. But in the first five years the Project was not included even in the Foreign Resources Department. Priority was not given to the Scheme.
The President said that he had not yet heard of any corruption or malpractices in this project since he took it under him. He said that if there are any defects in these constructions by contractors and if there are any corruption or malpractices taking, he would entertain complaints in this respect. He said would not leave room for anyone to engage in such malpractices and would not pardon any persons involves in such vices.
The Moragahakanda, Kalu Ganga project will be a massive irrigation miracle of agriculture and drinking water as well as fishing, tourism and electricity. The presentation of the Mahaweli newspaper also took place on the occasion.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor July 23, 2018 18:51

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