The waters of Moragahakanda Project, the final and largest initiative of the Mahaweli multipurpose Project was released through its sluice gates a short while ago by President Maithripala Sirisena & Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe.
The waters of the project will irrigate dry lands in Vanni, Rajarata, Wayamba, Central and Eastern Provinces.
Today also marks the 42nd anniversary of the commissioning of the first Mahaweli Project at Polgolla in the Central Province by late Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike on the 8th of January 1976.
The Moragahakanda Dam is a high gravity dam with a height of 65 meters.
The dam has created the Moragahakanda Reservoir, which has an active storage capacity of 521,000,000 cubic meters.
Water from both, the Moragahakanda and Kalu Ganga reservoirs, will be primarily used to support agricultural needs in an area of at least 81,422 hectares.
This would increase rice production by 109,000 tons, amounting to an estimated monetary benefit of 1.67 million, US dollars annually.
In addition to the irrigation of land, water from the Moragahakanda Reservoir will be used to power the 25-megawatt Moragahakanda Hydroelectric Power Station.
Sources : news24
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