Moragahakanda project to begin on Jan. 25
COLOMBO: The Government will launch the Moragahakanda reservoir
project aiming to supply irrigation water to over 81,000 hectares of
lands in the North Central and Eastern provinces, on January 25.
Irrigation and Mahaweli Development Minister Maitripala Sirisena said
the work on the reservoir which will be constructed across the
Ambanganga will be ceremonially commenced by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
The Moragahakanda reservoir, expected to have a total water capacity
of 21 million cubic metres, is a recommended project under the Major
Mahaweli Plan. Its main objective is to provide water to people living
in the dry zone for drinking as well as agricultural purposes.
"The reservoir will satisfy the water requirement of 21,422 hectares
of agricultural lands in the Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa districts,
ensure drinking water for Anuradhapura and Trincomalee and supply
additional water for the industries in Trincomalee," he said. It is
expected that the project would increase the productivity of the
agriculture sector up to 165-185 per cent and save US $ 2.2 million in
Sirisena said the generation of electricity was only a secondary
objective of the project which will contribute 20 Mega Watts to the
The estimated expenditure of the Moragahakanda project is Rs 40
billion. Out of the total cost, Rs 500 million will be provided by the
Government while the United States and Japan have also agreed to give