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Second Stage of the Wayamba Canal that changes the irrigation history, begins

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By ITN News Editor August 24, 2018 19:34

Second Stage of the Wayamba Canal that changes the irrigation history, begins

The inauguration ceremony of renovating 2,400 rural tanks connected with ellanga gammana or Cascaded Tank-Village system in the Dry Zone and the commencement of the Second Stage of the Wayamba Ela took place at the auspicious time of 10 o’clock this morning. The launching was held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

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 stage 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 unveiling of the plaque related to the project took place under the patronage of the President. Thereafter the President opened the Project office building.

Expressing his views on the occasion, President Maithripala Sirisena said that when talking about these projects he wished to mention that this project was not part of the Mahaweli Scheme. The Moragahakanda Kaluganga project was not launched as the required funds were not allocated and support not extended to solicit foreign assistance.

The President also mentioned that it was with great difficulty that they received funds for the projects after a lapse of five years. If the work was launched at that time after the foundation stone for the project was laid in the year 2007, the function related to the Project to provide water to the Wayamba, would not have held today. It would have been held five years before that is in 2012. Some claim that when the present Government assumed office in 2012, what had to be done in the Moragahakanda Project was only to fill water. The President said that if the 30 year Mahaweli mega plan was completed within five years, he completed the Moragahakanda Project within three years and took action to release water last year.

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 24, 2018 19:34