Happiest day – says the President as maiden waters of the Moragahakanda Reservoir flow

Happiest day – says the President as maiden waters of the Moragahakanda Reservoir flow

Happiest day – says the President as maiden waters of the Moragahakanda Reservoir flow

Written by Keshala Dias

11 Jan, 2017 | 10:48 pm

The release of the maiden waters of the Moragahakanda Reservoir was presided over by President Maithripala Sirisena today, Wednesday, January 11.

The Moragahakanda Reservoir has a radius of 460,000 acre feet.

It comprises of one main dam and two saddle dams and is the largest reservoir to be built in the country in thirty years.

The project aims to bring a solution to the drinking water issue faced in the Matale, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Trincomalee Districts.

The maiden waters were released to the reservoir amidst the chanting of Pirith at the auspicious time today. In addition, the auspicious occasion to till the soil for the construction of Sri Lanka’s longest irrigation canal – the Upper Elahera Canal (UEC) also took place under the auspices of the President. The 103-kilometre long canal will connect Moragahakanda and the Mahakanadarawa Tank.

The President said that the happiest day of his life was not when he was elected as the country’s President, but when he presided over this event at the Moragahakanda Reservoir,  for after 50 years a programme has commenced to wipe away the tears of the people in the Raja Rata.

The President also commented on the current status of the country.

“… I consider today as one of the happiest days of my life. One might ask, wasn’t the happiest day of my life – the day I was elected as President. On that day, more than happiness, it was the weight of the responsibility that I felt. After 50 years we have commenced a programme that will wipe away the tears of the people in the Raja Rata. And today is the day we see the results of that initiative …”

The President also commented on the current status of the country.

He said, the government and himself were insulted by people when rice was being imported. He noted that the a crisis is natural, but cannot leave the people in hunger, which is why immediate action was taken to import rice for the people. In the coming two weeks, more rice will be imported.

President Sirisena noted that the country is facing an economic crisis, which is not something that came about during the past two years they were in power.

“The economic crisis has arisen due to the heavy debt obtained by the previous regime for monumental development drives”, he added.


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