Written by Lahiru Fernando
25 Jul, 2016 | 8:45 pm
The Moragahakanda Kalu Ganga Project commenced on Monday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
The first item of “treasure” was deposited at the site of the Moragahakanda Kalu Ganga dam by President Maithripala Sirisena amid the chanting of Pirith and the beating of traditional drums.
This project will add 25 mega watts of electricity to the national grid and provide water for 82,000 hectares of land.
The Ministry of Mahaweli Development noted that an investment of 570 million US Dollars has been commissioned for the Moragahakanda project, while a sum of 129 million US Dollars has been spent for the Kalu Ganga Project.
The 29.5 square kilometre Moragahakanda Reservoir is being built in close proximity to the Alahara Anicut built across the Amban Ganga by King Wasamba in 111 AD.
The Kalu Ganga reservoir is being constructed as a tributary to this project where water will be carried along a 9 kilometer long waterway to Moragahakanda.
As 75% of the construction work on the Moragahkanda project has been completed, it is scheduled to be declared open for the general public by the end of this year.
The Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment says that it expects to facilitate the flow of water from Kalu Ganga to Moragahakanda and thereafter to Hurulu wewa.
The Ministry plans to use this project to provide water to the northern, north western as well as eastern provinces by 2020.
Infrastructure facilities will also be developed around the project, which will benefit over 200,000 families.
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