Lower Malwathuoya Reservoir project commences

The construction work of the Anuradhapura Lower Malwathuoya Reservoir head commences yesterday. A 3.6 km long dam will be set up in Bogoda near the Thantirimale sacred area at a cost of Rs. 19,000 million.

The head work construction was inaugurated by Irrigation Minister Chamal Rajapaksa and State Minister Anuradha Jayaratne. State Officials and a large number of people patricipated.

The Malwathuoya Reservoir construction has been prolonging since 1950 and during the recent past, the foundation stones have been laid for starting the head work by the Prime Minister of the former Good Governess Government Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The Malwathuoya River Basin is second largest in the country with 3,246 square kilo meters. It could contain 169,000 acre feet of water. Thantirimale, Nelumwila, Thuppitiyawa, Asarikgama, Maha Ahatuwewa and Helambawewa will be submerged in the project.

Many families will be resettled in Naranwila, Kaluwila, Hungurantenna and Dematamalgama. Water will be provide to around 40,000 acres in the Anuradhapura and the Manner Districts in the Yala and Maha seasons once the Reservoir is complete.

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