Written by Nathasha De Alwis
06 Jan, 2018 | 6:32 am
The second phase of the Gammadda “Gamin Gamata – Wewen Wewata” program, aimed at re-igniting the splendor of Sri Lanka’s ancient hydraulic localisation will begin today, January 6.
On December 17, 2017 the initiative was launched at the Bellankadawala Ellangawa or Wewa System located in the Palugaswewa Divisional Secretariat in the Anuradhapura District, with the aim of conserving the magnificent irrigation system for future generations.
This project is being carried out by News 1st together with the University of Peradeniya and Irrigation Experts.
The Ellanga system comprises of twenty one Wewa’s and a series of water-ways. During the first stage, News 1st studied eight Wewas in the system namely, Bellankadawala, Vidane Wewa, Thala-Kola, Galkadawala Wewa, Demunnnewa Wewa, Theenudukulama Wewa, Kayan Wewa and Pattiya Wewa.
With the experiences gained in phase one, a discussion took place on implementing phase two of this initiative.
The meeting was held with experts who provide assistance for the study, representatives of agrarian organisations in the respective areas and members of News 1st.
Phase 2 of the study of the Bellankadawala Ellanga system will commence today (January 6), and the team plans on conducting a study on thirteen Wewas.
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