Written by Bella Dalima
14 Feb, 2014 | 9:20 pm
Northern Province Minister of Agriculture P. Ayngaranesan says that a solution with regards to supplying water to the Jaffna Peninsula from the Iranamadu tank will be reached very soon.
He added that the Intellectual Committee appointed to probe into the issue will submit its report on Sunday.
The farming community in Kilinochchi says that before water is supplied to the Jaffna Peninsula from the Iranamadu Tank water needs to be supplied to their farm lands.
They add that only after their lands are supplied with water, should attention be focussed on supplying water to Jaffna.
The National Water Supply and Drainage Board says that the new plan will look into the possibility of supplying water to over 300,000 persons residing in both the Jaffna and Kilinochchi Districts.
In this backdrop, over two months ago and Intellectual Committee of fifteen members was appointed to probe the matter and find a solution.
Minister of Agriculture of Northern Province, P. Ayngaranesan said:
“Neither me or the Chief Minister wishes to inconvenience the people. Once we receive the report from the committee that was appointed to probe the matter, we will announce the decision.”
The Chairman of this Intellectual Committee speaking to Newsfirst said: “The committee convened on numerous occasions and held extensive discussions last night as well.”
Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Jaffna, Professor P. Sivanathan chairs the committee that comprises fifteen members.
The committee will reach the final decision on the supply of water to the Jaffna Peninsula from the Iranamadu Tank.
On a previous occasion Newsfirst reported that a project was being formulated by the Sri Lanka Mahaweli Authority to supply water to the Jaffna area.
The plan is to supply water to the Iranamadu Tank from the Moragahakanda Reservoir via the Ihala-Elahera canal to Anuradhapura and then via the Northern Maha Ela.
P. Ayngaranesan further stated:
[quote]Everything was in place to implement the plan formulated by the Mahaweli Authority. If this plan comes into effect the lands in the area will be taken over by the government. Afterward no one will be able to say anything.[/quote]
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