President declares open Moragahakanda reservoir project
The President Maithripala Srisena commissioned the Moragahakanda reservoir project, under the joint Moraghakanda - Kaluganga reservoir development scheme, yesterday(Jan11), with the commencing of filling water to the Moragahakanda reservoir.
The President made observations while commissioning the Moragahakanda reservoir project saying whatever allegations were leveled against the present Government, the financial crisis of the country occurred not during the past two years, but arose due to the mammoth debt burden created by the previous Government.
The President said that today the present Government headed by him, took the responsibility of resolving that issue and further said that whatever challenges came across for the Government they will fulfill the responsibility of building a prosperous nation with the contribution of the people.
President Sirisena inaugurated the filing of water to the Moragahakanda reservoir which is the biggest multi-functional irrigation project, today and also the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of Ehala Elahera Ela (canal) which will be the longest irrigation canal in the country, was held at the auspicious time under the patronage of President , turning a new page in the history of irrigation of this country.
Addressing the public rally held at the ground of the Elahera Maha Vidyalaya, today (11) after the ceremony to fill the water to the Moragahakanda reservoir, President further said that “Today is the happiest day of my life because my dream became a reality, ending the sorrowful stories of the Rajarata farmers.
But someone may ask me whether the day I became the President was not the happiest day. But when I became the President, I felt a sence of duty rather than feeling happy” he said.
President said, “Today is the happiest day of my life because my dream became a reality, ending the sorrowful stories of the Rajarata farmers"
"But someone may ask me whether the day I became the President was not the happiest day. But when I became the President, I felt a sence of duty rather than feeling happy," President said.
The President pointed out that Sri Lanka has inherited a sound irrigation system and a unique hydro culture, which is not second to any in the world. As a result of these sound technological methods of our ancestors in the field of irrigation, an ancient sluice was discovered by a team of Canadian engineers who were engaged in constructing the sluice of the present Maduruoya reservoir. The ancient sluice gate was at the very place where the new sluice gate was intended to be constructed at the Maduruoya reservoir.
The President while thanking to the people who sacrificed their lands for the project said that they have made a unique contribution to the country and to strengthen country’s economy. He added that the entire project will add a value amounting Rs 200,000 million to the national economy. It will be a tremendous boost for the government’s effort to obtain sustainability in various sectors, including the agriculture sector.
The Moragahakanda development project will make a revival in the fields of agriculture and irrigation, the President said that adding the aim with the implementation of this kind mega scale project is to build again the self-sufficient and prosperous economy in the country, which was existed in the history.
The President stated though we have to face a critical drought due to climate conditions, the government will not allow the people to starve. “The government has decided to import rice and give it to the people for lower price”, he said.
“By paying attention on the future challenges which will be faced by the farming community, the government has prepared required plans for their welfare. A ministerial subcommittee has been appointed on this regard”, the President said.
The Moragahakanda reservoir which is spread over 460,000 acres is the fourth largest reservoir in Sri Lanka. It is the largest reservoir, built in the country after 30 years.
This project which solves the long term water issue, faced by the people in the districts of Matale, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Trincomalee, costs 555.7 millions USD.
The cannel in Ihala Elahera is built from Moragahakanda to Mahakandarawa in Anuradhapura. It is 103. Kilometers long. This, which is the longest canal in Sri Lanka costs Rs. 6500 crore. This will be built within five years.
The President, who attended the meeting with the people in the playground in Elahera Maha Vidyalaya, presented the deeds of the lands for the people who lost their lands due to the Moragahakanda development project.
Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang, Minister Duminda Dissanayake, Deputy Minister Anuradha Senevirathne, Chief Minister of the Central Province Sarath Ekanayake and the Secretary of the Mahaweli Development and Environment Udaya R. Senevirathne also participated in this event.
- Asian Tribune -