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Pay compensation for lands before irrigation projects begin - Minister

Irrigation Minister and Internal Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management State Minister Chamal Rajapaksa, State Minister Siripala Gamlath and the Ministry Secretary at the meeting.

Compensation should be paid for lands acquired prior to the commencement of irrigation projects, Irrigation Minister and Internal Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management State Minister Chamal Rajapaksa said.

Addressing the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Irrigation in Parliament on Monday (23), the Minister emphasised that attention should be given to cater to the needs of people who are losing their lands and that they should be justly compensated, to receive their blessings for projects in return.

The Minister instructed the relevant divisions to take necessary measures required for this purpose immediately. The Minister made an emphasis on this regard when MP Dilan Perera revealed that 6,000 families who had lost their lands as a result of the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project had not yet been compensated.

 

It was made aware that the work pertaining to the Uma Oya Multipurpose Development Project is scheduled to be completed by June next year and the government will be able to add 120 megawatts of power generation to the national power grid, which is considered as a key component of the government’s return on investment by next February.

Ministry Secretary Anura Dissanayake said the funds necessary have been allocated for this purpose through the budget and that this project will be supplying water to nearly 355 tanks by June 2021.

Dissanayake further stated that the 26 km long tunnel and the 94 km long North Central Maha Ela project which will feed 1200 small tanks, proposed to be completed in six years, will be completed in four years. Given that provisions have been allocated through the budget for a number of projects including the aforesaid, he ensured that a number of projects that were delayed will be completed soon.

It was made aware that the Gin and Nilwala project which supply water to the Hambantota Port and the industrial zone surrounding the Mattala Airport along the Chandrika Wewa which had been inactive for five years will be restored and completed by the 2027.

This project will carry 450 million cubic meters of water which will be distributed to many areas including Embilipitiya and Hambantota. The Ministry Secretary said the Lower Malwathu Oya Water Supply Scheme will be completed soon to address the acute water shortage in many areas including Mannar.

The Minister emphasized the importance of expediting the restoration work given that a large number of irrigation systems including tanks are currently being restored with the assistance of the forces and voluntary organizations. Adding to it he said that new technological mechanisms will be utilized to solve the drinking water problem of the people in the North and steps will be taken to improve it.

Members of Parliament who participated at this meeting drew the attention of the Minister towards the matters arising with regards to the scope in discussion and provided suggestions with regards to the existing irrigation systems.

State Minister of Tanks, Reservoirs and Irrigation Development related to Rural Paddy Fields Anuradha Jayaratne, Canals and Common Infrastructure Development in Settlements in Mahaweli Zones State Minister Siripala Gamalath, MPs Faizal Cassim, Nalaka Bandara Kottegoda, Nimal Piyathissa, A. Shritharan, (Dr.) Suren Raghavan, Udayana Kirindigoda, S. M. M. Muszharaff, Marjan Faleel, S. M. Rasamanickam and government officials were present.