Chamal inspects water supply projects
Minister of Mahaweli, Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural Development, Chamal Rajapaksa, visited the Chavakatcheri, North Sarasalai and Vadamaratchi area on Wednesdayn (22) to inspect the progress of drinking water supply projects in the area. Lack of potable water is a severe problem the population of over 950,000 people in the Jaffna peninsula has been facing for a long time.
Scientists and experts from the Irrigation Department, who conducted research from 2011, have proposed to build a reservoir linking Ukkuaru and Vadamaratchi lagoons to purify and store rainwater. The project is estimated to cost about Rs 2,000 million. “I advised the officials to complete the project giving it the highest priority, considering the urgent necessity of the people,” Rajapaksa said.
He also visited the Iranamadu Tank to check the completion of a project to raise the tank bund in order to increase its water capacity. Residents and farmers in the area will benefit from the supply of water for drinking and irrigation for crops. Project work was carried out by local engineers.
Rajapaksa was joined by Minister of Fisheries Douglas Devananda, Governor of the Northern Province P.S.M. Charles, Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Mahaweli, Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural Development, Director General of Irrigation, Nihal Siriwardene, and others.