Sept 19, Colombo: Prasanna Ranatunga, Minister of Urban Development and Housing, said that efforts will be made to get the necessary financial allocations from this year’s budget to restart the Basnagoda water supply project, which was stopped due to the economic crisis faced by the country.
Joining a discussion held today regarding the resumption of the Basnagoda Water Supply Project, the Minister also mentioned that discussions have already been held with the necessary institutions to restart the project.
The construction of this water project was started in April last year with the aim of meeting the drinking water needs of over 200,000 people in Gampaha district.
The Minister further stated that it is the government’s responsibility to fulfill the water needs of the people in the journey towards a self-sufficient economy.
The minister also mentioned that the government has focused on resuming other development projects that were stopped due to the economic crisis faced by the country in the past.
Ranatunga further said that he believes that the necessary financial allocations will be made in the budget that will be presented to the Parliament in November.
The Basnagoda Reservoir is being constructed under the Gampaha, Attanagalla and Minuwangoda Joint Water Project and the Irrigation Department is constructing this reservoir under the guidance of the Ministry of Irrigation.
The main dam of the proposed reservoir is to be constructed at Karasnagoda village across Basnagoda Oya, a tributary of Aththanagalu Oya.
The main dam of the reservoir will be about 900 meters in length and 20 meters in height. Basnagoda Reservoir will also be equipped with an outlet with two gates of about 50 meters high.
The project will provide drinking water and water supply for industrial development in Gampaha, Attanagalla, Minuwangoda and Mirigama division.