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* President commissions the newly constructed Kekiriobada Reservoir in Southern Sri Lanka
Wed, Mar 31, 2010, 08:46 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 31, Hambanthota: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa today (31) opened the newly constructed Kekiriobada Reservoir in Kirama of Hambanthota District for operations.

The Kekiriobada multi-purpose irrigation project is implemented under the National Irrigation Plan in the Walasmulla Pradeshiya Sabha area of the Hambanthota district across the Kekiri Oya, a branch of the Kirama Oya, to provide irrigation facilities to the farmers in the area.

The Kekiriobada project conceived under the President's Mahinda Chinthana policy has built a dam over 30 metres in height and 800 feet in length to divert the Kekiri Oya to the new reservoir with a capacity of 2,200 acre-feet.

According to the irrigation Department, the project will benefit 3,437 farmer families providing potable water during drought and irrigating a large extent of paddy lands in Kirama, Walasmulla, Beliatta and Tangalle.

Minister Chamal Rajapaksa, candidates for Hambantota District Mahinda Amaraweera, Nirupama Rajapaksa, and V.K.Indika accompanied the President at the occasion.

(Pictures by Sudath Silva)

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