Wayamba Ela project construction work accelerated | Daily News

Wayamba Ela project construction work accelerated

Highways Minister Johnston Fernando inspection tour of the Mahakithula, Mahakirula and Mahadambe areas.
Highways Minister Johnston Fernando inspection tour of the Mahakithula, Mahakirula and Mahadambe areas.

Construction work of the Wayamba Ela project providing a solution to the water shortage problems that occur during the Yala and Maha Seasons in the Wayamba Province has been accelerated,” Highways Minister Johnston Fernando said.

Under this project, there will be 90 kms of new and upgraded canals including two underground tunnels and two new earth gravity dams together with the construction of the Maha Kithula and Mahakirula reservoirs.

"The water will transfer to seven large tanks and 326 rural small tanks located in the Galewela, Polpithigama, Mahawa, and Ahatuwewa areas to facilitate the irrigation of 12,500 farmlands. This project will provide direct and indirect benefits to nearly 40,000 farmer families,” the Minister added.

The estimated cost for the project is Rs.51,729 million. The Wayamba Ela project was commenced under the Mahaweli Water Security Investment Programme diverting Mahaweli water to the Northern part of the North Western Province of Sri Lanka. The project is to feed the upper Mee-Oya catchment and Hakwatuna-Oya by conveying 130 million cubic metres (MCM) of water annually. The main aim of the project is to provide sufficient water for the target irrigable area in the province. The project will also provide the people in the Province with safe drinking water that can help minimise the occurrence of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

Minster Fernando said it has been planned to plant 60,000 saplings in the Wayamba Province in parallel with this programme.

Minister Fernando was speaking during the inspection tour of the Maha Kithula, Mahakirula, and Mahadambe construction sites which are also ancient archeological sites. Members of the Maha Sangha were also present.