Jan 07, Colombo: The commissioning of Sri Lanka's largest multi-functional irrigation project, Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga Multi-Purpose Development Project will take place tomorrow.
A national ceremony has been organized on January 8 to mark the landmark occasion with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Chief Guests.
The President will release water from the Moragahakanda reservoir at the auspicious time of 11.20 am to mark the completion of the project which commenced on January 25, 2007.
The project was expedited in the last three years under the guidance of the President.
The event will be followed by another ceremony at Polgolla, Kandy at 3.30 pm with the participation of the President and the Prime Minister to mark the completion of Mahaweli Development Programme.
The 660,000 acre-feet Moragahakanda Reservoir, constructed across Amban River - a tributary of the Mahaweli River, 2 km upstream of the weir at Elahera, is the last reservoir of the Mahaweli Development Project.
The Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga project will provide irrigation facilities to 81,422 hectares in the dry zone of Sri Lanka, provide potable and industrial water supply to Anuradhapura and Trincomalee towns and generate electricity by hydropower while opening up 5000 hectares of new land for agriculture development in Northern, North Central, Eastern and North Western provinces.
Water will be supplied to more than 2000 large and small tanks in the North-Central, North Western and Eastern provinces. The first phase of the project is to be opened on Monday and it is expected to complete the construction work of Kalu Ganga dam at the end of this year. Under the 2nd stage measures will be taken to provide water to the Anuradhapura district in the year 2021. Under the 3rd stage water will provided to Iranamadu town.
The Project will also generate 25MW hydro-power to the national grid. Increasing inland fish production, provision of potable and industrial water requirements, Eco tourism and effective flood control are the other targets of the project.