Dahasak Maha Wev program continues
The Government has decided to conduct the "Dahasak Maha Wev" project
(Thousand Tanks) as planned. It aims to renovate 1,500 derelict tanks
throughout the country during this year.
The Presidential Secretariat has instructed Agriculture, Lands and
Irrigation Ministry Secretary Tissa Warnasuriya to go ahead with this
tank renovation project as scheduled without suspending it due to the
changes made in the Ministry, a Ministry spokesman told the Daily News.
The Dahasak Maha Wev Project is the Government's nation building
exercise which has targeted the renovation of 10,000 tanks throughout
the country within the next four years under the theme of `reviving a
rich irrigation based civilisation and rebuilding a prosperous nation.'
Under the second phase of the Dahasak Maha Wev Project, the Treasury
has already allocated Rs. 766 million to renovate these 1,500 tanks
during this year, the spokesman said.
A discussion was held at the Agriculture Ministry last week under the
patronage of Ministry Secretary Warnasuriya to brief Ministry officials
on this tank rehabilitation program implemented by the Government to
revive and reawaken the country's glorious irrigation network by
renovating all derelict tanks.
A decision was taken at this discussion to complete the renovation of
1,500 tanks by the end of October this year. It was also decided to
complete on time the renovations which are already in progress, he said.
All District Agrarian Development Assistant Commissioners, District
Irrigation Engineers and the officials of Agriculture Ministry and
Irrigation Department also attended the discussion. Meanwhile, the
Ministry intends to complete the relevant project plans and sign
agreements in relation to these tanks to be renovated by July 31 this
The Ministry commenced the second phase of this project targeting
1,500 selected tanks with the ceremonial inauguration of work on the
Lulnewa Weva in Kahatagasdigiliya, Anuradhapura on May 8. Under the
first phase of the Dahasak Maha Wev Project, over 940 tanks had been
renovated last year.