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President to participate in launch of reconstruction of 2400 rural tanks and second stage of Wayamba Canal

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By ITN News Editor August 23, 2018 19:07

President to participate in launch of reconstruction of 2400 rural tanks and second stage of Wayamba Canal

The launch of the massive irrigation programme concerning the reconstruction of 2400 rural tanks and the second stage of the Wayamba Canal is due to take place tomorrow. It will be held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

The programme will begin at the auspicious time of 10 am tomorrow at the Kumbukalawa tank precincts in Polpithigama. The reconstruction of 2400 rural tanks is planned. The main target of this project is to supply the irrigated water required by the dry zone following the reconstruction of the tank next work which had been defunct. Even the United Nations has praised this traditional irrigation technology.

The programme is mooted under the guidance of President Maithripala Sirisena with the aim of creating a new renaissance in the local agri economy carrying forward this mode traditional agri technology.

300 tanks alone in the Kurunegala District are planned to be reconstructed under this rehabilitation programme.
Meanwhile the supply of water to the Northern part of the Wayamba Province will be carried out under the second state of the Wayamba Canal Project. This programme is being implemented making a reality a request made by the Wayamba farmer community since the beginning of the Mahaweli Scheme.

The Wayamba Canal Project has been mooted in consequence to the Moragahakanda Kalu Ganga Development Project launched under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena. This will supply the water required by the Wayamba farmer community to undertake cultivation in both the Yala and Maha seasons.

Another aim is to fulfil the drinking water needs of the people of the Northwestern Province. This will help containing the kidney disease that is spreading in the region due to the lack of pure drinking water. Around 105 thousand acre feet of Mahaweli water will be carried through this scheme for the people of the Kurunegala District. The estimated cost of the project is 16,000 million rupees. It is slated to be completed by the year 2024. About 13,500 farmer families will benefit. The total number of families that will benefit through this scheme will exceed 40,000.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor August 23, 2018 19:07

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