President inspects progress of Deduru Oya irrigation project
President Mahinda Rajapaksa inspected the progress of the construction of the Deduru Oya Reservoir on 27th July 2012.
The proposed project under Deduru Oya Reservoir is located in Kurunegala District. It will serve the lands in dry and intermediate zones of Kurunegala and Puttalam Districts, where the irrigation water is scarce. The project will uplift the living condition of the people in the two districts.
According to the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Management, the Deduru Oya Reservoir will hold 75 million cubic meters (MCM) of water after its completion and it will provide assured irrigation facilities for 27,500 acres of paddy lands in the Deduru Oya and the Mee Oya basins benefitting about 15,000 farmer families.
The project at a cost of 6.2 billion rupees will benefit another 50,000 families by providing domestic water facilities, lift irrigation, and extension of inland fisheries culture etc.
Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, Johnston Fernando, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, S. B. Navinna, T. B Ekanayake, Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and Governor of North Western Province Athula Wijesinghe also participated.