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President opens anicuts of the Moragahakanda Reservoir

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 30, 2018 14:30

President opens anicuts of the Moragahakanda Reservoir

The opening of the anicuts of the Moraghakanda-Kaluganga Reservoir project, the irrigation wonder of the 21st century took place today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.

The Moraghakanda-Kaluganga Reservoir project is the final phase of the irrigation scheme constructed under the Accelerated Mahaweli Irrigation Project and a long standing dream of the President on behalf of the Rajarata community.

The President after opening the anicuts undertook an observation tour. The Moragahakanda Kalu Ganga Reservoir Project is the largest Multipurpose Development Scheme launched after four decades.

It is a landmark event in Sri Lanka’s development process. The release of its first waters took place on the 08th of January this year under the auspices of the President. The Reservoir reaching the spill level within a short period is the receipt of the natures blessing for the Project.

The overall water capacity of the Moragahakanda Reservoir is 460 thousand acre feet. It is equal to four times that of the Parakrama Samudra.

82,000 acres of paddy lands are due to be cultivated. It will supply water to around 2000 small and large tanks covering the North Central, Northwestern and Eastern Provinces. It can also release water to 1600 tanks in the North Central Province and 303 tanks in the Northwestern Province. 300 thousand acres of paddy lands can be cultivated in these provinces while 1.5 million families will benefit. It will also meet drinking water needs of around 300 thousand families.

The Moragahakanda Reservoir will also generate power. 25 megawatts of power will be added to the national grid annually from three generators of the power plant. The annual fuel expenditure thus saved is 336 million rupees.

The inland fisheries production capacity expected from the Reservoir is 3000 tons while the expected income is 225 million rupees.

The President who engaged in an observation tour of the Moragahakanda Reservoir reached the Kaluganga Reservoir precincts and observed its construction.

The Kaluganga Reservoir is the other major reservoir that links the Moragahakanda Reservoir. The total water capacity is 248 million cubic metres. The President also commenced the release of water for this reservoir on the 23rd of July this year. Its water level is rapidly increasing while the construction work on the Project has been accelerated.

The President who undertook an observation tour of the project precincts instructed the project officials and the engineers to take action to pass on its benefits as soon as possible to the farmer community.

A group including many Ministers and Parliamentarians joined in this occasion.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor November 30, 2018 14:30