President opens Iranamadu tank; fulfilling promises to farming community

President Maithripala Sirisena made an inspection tour of the Iranamadu tank yesterday. Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray, MPs Nimal Siripala De Silva, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Sarath Amunugama, Angajan Ramanadan accompanied him. Picture by Sudath Silva
President Maithripala Sirisena made an inspection tour of the Iranamadu tank yesterday. Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray, MPs Nimal Siripala De Silva, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Sarath Amunugama, Angajan Ramanadan accompanied him. Picture by Sudath Silva 

President Maithripala Sirisena vested the Iranamadu tank with the nation yesterday fulfilling his promises given to the farming community.

Accordingly, the spill gates of the reservoir were opened by President Sirisena yesterday morning.

President Sirisena also observed that the completion of the Iranamadu tank is a significant contribution for the strengthening of the reconciliation process.

The President also observed that uplifting the lives of the people in Jaffna will immensely contribute to strengthen the national economy of the country. Northern Province Governor Reginold Cooray, MPs Nimal Siripala De Silva, Mahinda Samarasinghe, Sarath Amunugama, Angajan Ramanadan and other officials participated at the event. President Sirisena also toured the Kilinochchi and Shanthikulam areas.

While engaging in conversation with the public who gathered in large numbers to meet him with their requests, President Sirisena gave instructions to the Northern Province Governor to immediately look into the development issues pointed out to him by the people of the area.

The renovations of the Iranamadu tank, which is the largest tank in the North, commenced concurrently with the accelerated Moragahakanda project in 2015 with full state sponsorship.

The renovated reservoir will sustain 9,180 farmer families enabling them to cultivate their paddy lands during both seasons together with prociding drinking water facilities.

The Iranamadu tank covering an extent of 21,000 acres devastated during the war period had been renovated at a cost of nearly Rs.2,000 million to revive irrigation facilities and community life.

The augmentation project of the Iranamadu reservoir in Kilinochchi has increased its capacity from the present 131 MCM to 148 MCM and raising the water levels from the present 34 feet to 36 feet completed with Asian Development Bank (ADB) funding. 

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