The Kalu Ganga Reservoir Project was opened to the public by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday, November 7. The Project comes under the mega Moragahakanda–Kalu Ganga Multi-Purpose Development Project, considered to be the irrigation marvel of the 21st Century.
The water capacity of the Kalu Ganga Reservoir is 248 million cubic metres and the length and the height of the main dam is 618 metres and 68 metres.
The project will meet the water demands of 3,000 families who have been resettled at the lower valley of Kaluganga. It will supply water to nurture 2000 acres of irrigation land and the excess water will be released to the Moragahakanda Reservoir. A 9-metre long canal has been constructed for the purpose.
The project will be instrumental in developing agricultural activities by increasing the water supply to old Amban Ganga, Yodha Ela via Minneriya, Giritale, Kawudulla and Kantale. In addition, this will also enable 40,000 families to cultivate in both Yala and Maha seasons.
Moragahakanda – Kalu Ganga Multi-Purpose Development Project, a brainchild of President Sirisena, was completed as the final project of the Mahaweli Development Programme.
President also participated to hand over several institutes including new hospital, Samurdhi Bank, Govi Jana Service Centre and bus stand constructed at a cost of Rs. 1,200 under Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga Multi-Purpose Development Project in Ambana New Town.
“The Moragahakanda – Kalu Ganga Multi-Purpose Development Project will become the most beneficial development activity to the people of this country,” said President Sirisena at a press briefing.
President Sirisena also said that he does not agree with the pledges given by both Presidential candidates to provide chemical fertiliser free of charge. It has been confirmed by now that the chemical fertiliser is a main cause of the kidney disease. The country must deviate from using chemical fertiliser to organic fertiliser, said the President.
Central Province Governor – Ranjith Keerthi Tennakoon, State Minister – Ajith Mannapperuma, Parliamentarian – Wasantha Perera, Mahaweli Development and Environment Ministry Secretary – Anura Dissanayake, Mahaweli Director General – Dr. D. M. S. Dissanayake, Moragahakanda Project Director – D. B. Wijayaratne were also present.