New Deduru Oya reservoir to be filled by August

by Don Asoka Wijewardena

Sri Lankan engineers were solely responsible for the construction of the Deduru Oya project and not foreign engineers or technology, Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said recently.

Around 5,000 farming families in the Kurunegala and the Puttalam districts would be able to obtain safe drinking water and water for irrigational use. About 90 per cent of the project had been completed and it would cost Rs. 6,200 million to complete, he said during an observation tour of the Deduru-Oya Project.

Minister de Silva said that the farmers in the Kurunegala and the Puttalam districts were suffering from untold hardships for want of safe drinking water and water for cultivation. But their dream would come true in s matter of weeks. Some farmers’ lands and other properties were acquired for the project and the government was grateful to them. They were being paid due compensation while some farmers were getting alternative land.

Arrangements had been made to fill the reservoir by August 2013 and the water could be released for Yala cultivation without fail, he said.

Minister de Silva added that it was the policy of the government to rehabilitate all moribund tank located in all the divisional secretariats and the required funds had been allocated.

Senior Minister S. B. Navinna said that it was extremely important to identify and provide the needs of the paddy farmer. As Ministers it was their responsibility to help the farmer.

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