President Maithripala Sirisena today ceremonially launched the Kumbukkan Oya Reservoir Project in Monaragala District for the benefit of the people in the Uva-Wellassa area.
The Kumbukkan Oya Reservoir Project at a cost of Rs. 31 billion will irrigate the lands in the Monaragala district, which still is a backward district, boosting agriculture to eliminate the poverty in the area.
Speaking at the event, President Sirisena said uplifting agriculture to improve living conditions of the farmers is a priority for the government and a program has been implemented to achieve those goals. Measures have been taken to renovate small and medium scale tanks and to launch new irrigation schemes.
The government is methodically implementing plans to resettle people who lose their lands to development projects and to improve their economy, the President assured and added that there would be no problems related to those issues.
The President said that steps will be taken to resolve the problems of the people through the development of the Monaragala District.
A reservoir with a capacity of 48 million Cubic Meters will be built across Kumbukkan Oya reservoir through the project and it is expected to provide irrigation for 4,280 hectares of new lands in Buttala, Monaragala and Siyambalanduwa areas and for 1,255 hectares of agricultural lands already cultivated.
It would also pave the way for providing drinking water to Monaragala, Nakkala, Kumbukkana, Okkampitiya and Buttala areas and generate electricity, as well.
Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Management Vijith Vijayamuni Zoysa, Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara, Deputy Minister Sumedha G. Jayasena, Director of Special Projects of Uva Province Jagath Pushpakumara, Governor of Uva Province M. P Jayasinghe also participated in the occasion.