Oct 10, Colombo: Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Palitha Range Bandara says it is planned to build a power plant under the lower Malwathu Oya reservoir project in addition to constructing the Malwathu Oya Reservoir which when completed will provide water to irrigate 40,000 acres of paddy fields in the dry zone.
Minister Range Bandara speaking at a function held at the ministry recently said the project planning should be done to reap maximum benefits to the country and to the people.
The proposed power plant will provide 4.68 GWh of electricity to the national grid. This project is being implemented with the fullest contribution of the Irrigation Department, the Minister said. He added that after the construction of the power plant, the responsibility for maintaining it will be handed over to the Ceylon Electricity Board.
It has been planned to divert the water used for power generation to small tanks through several irrigation canals. In parallel to the Malwathu Oya reservoir, 100 small tanks will also be constructed. The objective of the small tank project is to supply water to areas with severe water scarcity.
The Malwathu Oya reservoir project plans to supply water to 40,000 acres of agricultural land in Anuradhapura, Mannar and Trincomalee and a host of other areas in the North Central and Northern provinces.
The Minister said the construction of the first stage of the reservoir project has commenced and the 27 kilometers long canal leading to Yoda Weva from Malwathu Oya is being constructed now.
State Minister Range Bandara said the entire project is expected to be completed within three years.
Proposed Malwathu Oya Reservoir is located across Malwathu Oya at Kappachchi which lies in Anuradhapura and Vavuniya Districts. This project envisages construction of 209 MCM capacity reservoir, 3,590 m long earth dam, Radial Gated Spillway, Left Bank, Right Bank and River Sluices, Canal systems to new settlement area and power house.
The proposed Malwathu Oya Reservoir is located across the Malwathu Oya in Kappachchi which lies in the Anuradhapura and Vavuniya districts. This project envisages the construction of a 209 MCM capacity reservoir, 3,590-metre-long earth dam, radial gated spillway, left bank, right bank and river sluices and canal systems to the new settlement area and powerhouse.
A 13-kilometer long dam will be built across Malwathu Oya in Thanthirimale. Once constructed, Malwathu Oya reservoir will be the third largest reservoir in the country.
The total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs. 13 billion.