Thambuththegama water project commences | Daily News

Thambuththegama water project commences

Despite drastic opposition launched by 35,000 farmers in the Rajangane colony and the tug of war between main stakeholders over the issue of using the Rajangane reservoir as the water source for the proposed Thambuththegama water project, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) commenced the construction of Thambuththegama drinking water project.

The construction work was at a standstill for nearly three years consequent to the objection of Rajangane farmers cultivating across 25,000 acres under the Rajangane reservoir (85,000 acres feet), in fear that their cultivations would be affected.

The water project aims to provide drinking water to around 100,000 people in the 42 Grama Niladhari Divisions in the Thambuththegama, Thalawa and Galnewa District Secretariats.

The Chinese government has provided Rs.18,075 million for the project.

However, the Anuradhapura Irrigation Director in his submissions on the water project at the Anuradhapura district agriculture committee meeting stated that the water intake from the Rajangane tank would affect agricultural activities under the tank and there is a guarantee that the Mahaweli Authority would reimburse the volume of water disposed by the tank for the Thambuththegama water project.

Responding to the Anuradhapura Irrigation Director, the NWSDB said that the Anuradhapura Zonal Irrigation Director, in his letter dated November 1, 2017, recommended the release of a 0.5 acre plot of land close to the Rajangane right bank canal for the construction of the water intake plant.

Anuradhapura WSDB Regional Manager S. C. Lokubarana said that the construction work is in progress. He said that there was a proposal to construct an anicut downstream of Kala Oya for the purpose of leaving the tank water untapped for the drinking water project directly.


 

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