The troops under command to Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna renovated a tank in Araly – Jaffna and handed it over to villagers in the area in order to support their livelihoods. Periyakulam tank is the largest tank in Jaffna peninsula, the tank that provides water for agriculture, approximately 800 acres in Araliy North area. The valuable project was initiated upon the request of Dr. Sidambaran Mohan, the President of ‘Friends of Jaffna’ organization and the Farmers’ Society of Vadukkoddai – Southwest together with Government Agent Mr. N Vethanayahan. Under the guidance of Commander Security Forces Jaffna Major General Ruwan Wanigasooriya, the General Officer Commanding 51 Division Brigadier Lalith Rathnayake and Commanding Officer 10 Field Regiment Sri Lanka Engineers Major Waruna Ponnamperuma oversaw the project.

The renovation project was partly funded by the Government Agent’s Office and much needed expertise manpower and machinery were provided by Security Forces Headquarters – Jaffna. The tank was declared open by mixing of holy water brought from the Kashi Ganga Nadi (River Ganges in Varanasi) in India, amidst the presence of Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc psc on Monday 4th November 2019.

The villagers and school children took part in a programme to plant tree saplings around the renovated tank. Religious Dignitaries, Commander Security Forces – Jaffna, Representative of the Consul General of India in Jaffna Mr. S Subramaniam, General Officers Commanding (GOC) 51 and 52 Divisions, Commander Forward Maintenance Area (North), Brigadier General Staff and Brigadier Admin and Quartering Security Forces– Jaffna, Additional Government Agent (Land) of Jaffna, Divisional Secretary of Walikamam West, Chairman of Palmyra Development Board, Executive Director Global Social Forum along with a large number of Military Personnel and Government Officials attended the historical event.