Untapped potential for irrigation water at Laggala | Daily News


Untapped potential for irrigation water at Laggala

A source of irrigation water has been neglected for years. It is in the area of Moragaha – Ulpotha in Laggala, according to the villagers. There are about 300 acres of cultivable land around it. The Vevepitiya rural reservoir, a few miles from Hettipola - Vilgamuva needs urgent rehabilitation.

A shallow stream originating from the mountain range of Matale, flows through Moragaha - Ulpotha into the Mahaweli river. The water can be used in feeding Vevepitiya throughout the year if it is intercepted at Ihala Amuna, Vatagalaby by building an anicut, villagers said.

A long time ago, a group of local people had tried to tap this resource and built a small reservoir although primitive. It is dubbed Vevepitiya wewa which has all necessary features of an irrigation tank.

Although they tried to make authorities aware of the need, the requests had fallen on deaf ears.

Moragaha - Ulpotha villagers request for an infrastructure development project to build a public road leading to their locality as well since currently, they have to go along an old path which is over 200 years old.

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