Major tank renovation projects in Anuradhapura | Daily News

Major tank renovation projects in Anuradhapura

World Green Climate Fund grants Rs. 6,090 million
Rs. 2,340 million from Government
Anuradhapura Government Agent R.M. Wanninayake along with other officers inspects an area earmarked for renovation. Picture by Nimal Wijesinghe
Anuradhapura Government Agent R.M. Wanninayake along with other officers inspects an area earmarked for renovation. Picture by Nimal Wijesinghe

Sixty tanks in Anuradhapura will be renovated under five cascade systems. The Army Engineer Regiment will renovate 18 tanks in Nabadagasdigiliya in the Mahawilachchiya DS Division and in the Nochchiyagama Ds division.

President Maithripala Sirisena inaugurated the projects in November, 2018. Around Rs. 150 million was allocated for the two cascade systems.

Anuradhapura Government Agent R.M. Wanninayake said that around 8,000 acres of abandoned paddy field will be cultivated once the two clusters of tanks were renovated.

The Government Agent said that the country has around 14,200 rural tanks of 1,262 cascade systems. Anuradhapura alone has around 350 cascade systems, he said.

The project is coordinated and supervised by President’s Secretariat. The Climate Resilient Integrated Water Management Project or the Wew Gam Pubuduwa will renovate 325 tanks in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomale and Puttlam. The World Green Climate Fund will provide Rs. 6,090 million as an outright grant and the government will provide Rs. 2,340 million for the projects.

Under the Wew Gam Pubuduwa, 134 small tanks under five cascade systems will be renovated by mid 2021. Under the first phase, 42 tanks will be renovated.

About 134 rural tanks of five cascades in Anuradhapura will be renovated by 2021. Altogether, 325 rural tanks of 20 cascade systems in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Puttlam, Kurunegala, Vavuniya, and Mannar will be renovated in next two years. 


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