Moragahakanda Reservoir Project to flow towards success under presidential supervision

Moragahakanda Reservoir Project to flow towards success under presidential supervision

Moragahakanda Reservoir Project to flow towards success under presidential supervision

Written by Tharushan Fernando

19 Jul, 2016 | 9:29 pm

A number of projects that support national development are currently in effect. One such project is the reservoir project in Moragahakanda.

The Moragahakanda Reservoir is the last project of the five great reservoirs in the Mahaweli Master Plan. Even though the plan was compiled thirty years ago, the projects were delayed due to the lack of funds.

The project is currently being carried out under the direct supervision of President Maithripala Sirisena.

The Moragahakanda Reservoir which spreads over 29.5 square kilometres was constructed by King Wasaba in 111 AD. The reservoir is located within close proximity to the Elahara Canal which was constructed blocking the Amban River.

The Kalu Ganga reservoir was constructed as a twin project  and water was brought to Moragahakanda through a canal that spans nine kilometres.

The objective of the overall project is to collect the water that is at the basin of the Amban River and to distribute it among the Matale, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Trincomalee districts, to be used for agricultural needs during the Yala and Maha seasons.

In addition, the water will be used to fulfill domestic and industrial water requirements while providing 25 megawatts to the national electricity grid.

The total project cost is estimated at Rs. 100 billion. Plans have been made to fill the reservoir by November this year.


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