Nov 07, Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena today declared open the completed Kalu Ganga Reservoir project which comes under the mega Moragahakanda - Kalu Ganga Multi-Purpose Development Project, considered to be the irrigation marvel of the 21st Century.
The water capacity of the Kalu Ganga Reservoir is 248 million cubic meters and the length and the height of the main dam is 618 meters and 68 meters respectively.
The project will meet the water demands of 3000 families who have been resettled at the lower valley of Kalu Ganga. It will supply water to nurture 2000 acres of irrigation land and the excess water will be released to Moragahakanda reservoir. A 9- meter long canal has been constructed for this purpose.
The project will be instrumental in developing agricultural activities by increasing the water supply to old Amban Ganga, Yodha Ela via Minneriya, Giritale, Kawudulla and Kantale. In addition, this will also enable 40,000 families to cultivate in both Yala and Maha seasons.
Moragahakanda - Kalu Ganga Multi-Purpose Development Project, a brainchild of President Sirisena was completed as the final project of the Mahaweli Development Programme.
President Sirisena also participated to hand over several line institutes including new hospital, Samurdhi Bank, Govi Jana Service Center and bus stand constructed at a cost of Rs. 1.2 billion under Moragahakanda - Kalu Ganga Multi-Purpose Development Project in Ambana New Town.
Speaking at the event, the President said Moragahakanda - Kalu Ganga Multi-Purpose Development Project will become the most beneficial development activity to the people of this country.
The Governor of the Central Province Ranjith Keerthi Tennakoon, State Minister Ajith Mannapperuma, Member of Parliament Wasantha Perera, Secretary to the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment Anura Dissanayake, Director General of Mahaweli Dr. D. M. S. Dissanayake, Director of the Moragahakanda Project D. B. Wijayaratne were among the gathering.