Aug 26, Ampara: Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa today toured the southeast region of the country to inspect the development in the region.
He engaged in an observation tour of the two main reservoirs in the Sabaragamuwa Province, the Udawalawe and Chandrika Weva reservoirs in Embilipitiya.
The President instructed the Irrigation & Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva to make arrangements to de-silt the two reservoirs to increase the water retention capacity and renovate the two reservoirs.
The government has allocated over 200 million rupees to renovate the two major reservoirs in the Province.
The President took a stroll in the Embilipitiya town and met the residents and vendors to inquire their problems and to get a firsthand look at the development of the town.
On his tour across the southeast, the President also visited the ancient Deegawapi temple, one of the holiest Buddhist temples, located in the Ampara District of Eastern Province and inspected the development activities in the Viharaya.
The Deegawapi temple premise is being laid with granite slabs and the temple's perehera route has been renovated at a cost of 250 million rupees. Another 400 million rupees has been allocated to develop the access road to Deegawapi temple from Warapachena.
He instructed the officials to conserve Deegawapi sacred premises confirming the legal rights over the lands belong to the temple.
The President also had a discussion with the Chief Incumbent of Deegawapi Viharaya venerable Nannapurave Sri Buddharakhitha thero.
He later addressed a public rally of the ruling party United People' Freedom Alliance held in Ampara Municipal Council ground.
Addressing the rally, the President said the government is committed to steer the country towards development while maintaining lasting peace and harmony in the island and will not allow any unscrupulous elements attempting to disrupt peace in the country by arousing communal hatred in the society.
The President further said that the government has implemented massive development programs to rebuild the areas that had been destroyed by three decades of terrorism and the government is dedicated to fulfill the aspirations of the public.
Two former UNP councilors of the Pothuvil Pradeshiya Sabha also joined the UPFA at this rally extending their support to the government.
(Photos by Chandana Perera)