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* President inspects progress of largest irrigation project in Sri Lanka's North Western Province
Fri, Jul 27, 2012, 10:23 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

July 27, Kurunegala: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday (27) inspected the progress of the construction of the Deduru Oya Reservoir, the largest irrigation project in the North Western Province.

The proposed project under which the Deduru Oya Reservoir is currently being built is located in Kurunegala District. It will serve the lands in dry and intermediate zones of Kurunegala and Puttalam Districts, where the irrigation water is scarce. The project will uplift the living condition of the people in the two districts.

According to the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resource Department, the Deduru Oya Reservoir will hold 75 million cubic meters (MCM) of water after its completion and it will provide assured irrigation facilities for 11,000 ha (27,500 acres) of paddy lands in the Deduru Oya and the Mee Oya basins benefitting about 15,000 farmer families.

The project at a cost of 6.2 billion rupees will benefit another 50,000 families by providing domestic water facilities, lift irrigation, and extension of inland fisheries culture etc.

The President also inaugurated the renovation work on the Magalle Wewa in Nickaweratiya of the North Western Province today. The Magalle Wewa supplies irrigation water to the farmers in the area.

Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Johnston Fernando, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, S. B. Navinna, T. B Ekanayake, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and Governor of North Western Province Athula Wijesinghe also participated.

(Photos by Chandana Perera)

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