Entire Rambakan Oya project completed with Lankan input



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By Don Asoka Wijewardena


Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the recent completion of the Rambakan Oya reservoir had become a turning point in irrigation and water resources management in the country as the entire project was by Lankans from funding, to designing, engineering and construction.


The construction work had been completed and President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to inaugurate the project on July 20. The cost of the entire project was Rs. 3,970 million. It included all the required infrastructure facilities.


The project was not a donation by any foreign government. It was a project funded by the Sri Lankan government, he said during an inspection tour of the Rambakan Oya project recently.


Minister Silva said that the Rambakan Oya project did not get any assistance from foreign engineers for designing. All engineering work was done by the Sri Lankan engineers. The people who had to suffer great hardships during the brutal war for 30 years were now given water for their cultivations and domestic purposes. The government hoped to cultivate paddy in 4,000 acres under the new project.


He added that the reservoir had been named as Rambakanoya- Mahaweli zone. Under this project all the infrastructure facilities in Mahaoya, Padiyathlawa, Ridimaliyadha and the other respective divisional secretariats would be developed. Senior Minister P. Dayaratne, Governor Eastern Province Mohan Wijewickrema, Director General Irrigation Badra Kamaladasa and Ministry Secretary Ivan de Silva also participated in the tour.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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