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Development projects will continue despite COVID – PM

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday stated that the Government had no plans to curtail development even in the face of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa recalled that the Government did not halt development activities even during the height of the war from 2005 onwards.

The Prime Minister said that the Government was committed to create a healthy society and a self-sufficient economy that gives priority to local agriculture and products. He reiterated that whatever comes, either war or pandemic, the Government will not curtail development projects.

The Prime Minister was speaking after inaugurating the construction work on the Mahakithula and Mahakirula reservoirs of the North Western Province Maha Ela project at Kongaha Junction, Irudeniyaya, Yapahuwa yesterday.

The Prime Minister unveiled a plaque marking the commencement of the construction of this massive irrigation project that will supply Mahaweli water to the Wayamba Province.

A 90 km long canal, Mahakirula and Mahakithula reservoirs with 25 meter high tank bunds, five tunnels, seven major tanks and 350 small tanks located in the Galewela, Polpithigama, Mahawa and Ehetuwewa Divisional Secretariats are to be developed under the North Western Province Main Canal Project.

These are expected to provide water for cultivation in both Yala and Maha seasons by 2024.

The project will divert about 105,000 acre feet of water annually to the northern part of the Kurunegala District and irrigate 13,000 hectares of farmland for cultivation in Yala and Maha seasons.

To resolve the shortage of clean drinking water, 8,100 acre feet of water will be supplied to the target areas annually. The contract cost for the project, which is expected to be completed in three years, is Rs.10.8 billion. Ministers Chamal Rajapaksa, Johnston Fernando and S.M. Chandrasena, State Ministers Anuradha Jayaratne, Siripala Gamalath and Dayasiri Jayasekara were among the gathering.

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