Malwathu Oya project to get off ground
The government will commence the proposed lower Malwathu Oya
reservoir project close to Thantirimale at the Anuradhapura-Mannar
district boundary soon.
Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala de
Silva will visit Thantirimale for an inspection on May 13. The minister
will meet the Thantirimale temple Nayaka Thera .
He will meet farmer organization representatives in the Mannar
district at the Adampan Maha Vidyalaya and visit the Japan funded
Akhatimuruppa rehabilitation tank.
Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Badiudeen, Irrigation Ministry
Secretary Engineer Ivan de Silva, Mannar District Secretary Sarath
Ravindra, Mannar Residential Irrigation Engineer SMA Nelugolla, District
Irrigation Chief Engineer Palitha Wickramaratne will accompany the
The proposed reservoir will be constructed based on the Malwathu Oya
flowing via Anuradhapura and joining the sea at Silawathurai in the
Mannar district. The dam of the reservoir would be 3 1/2 kilometres in
length, Mannar Chief Irrigation Engineer Palitha Wickramatilake told the
"The capacity of the reservoir will be 185,000 acre-feet. Around
7,000 hectares would get submerged for the tank.
The project will solve the Mannar district water problem. A hydro
power station will be installed at the centre of the dam,"
He said the main tanks in Mannar, such as the Giant tank,
Agathimuruppu tank and the Viyadikulam tank would get water throughout
the year from the scheme.