President Maithripala Sirisena will inaugurate the water filling ceremony of the Kalu Ganga reservoir that is being built parallel to the Moragahakanda reservoir under the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga multi-purpose irrigation project and the construction of the canal taking water from the Kalu Ganga reservoir to the Moragahakanda reservoir.
The new granite Buddha Statue which was built opposite the Moragahakanda Reservoir and the renaming of the Moragahakanda Reservoir as ‘Kulasinghe’ will also be carried out at this occasion.
The Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga multi-purpose irrigation project at a cost of US$ 1.2 billion involves the construction of the Moragahakanda Dam and Reservoir, along with the separate Kalu Ganga Dam and Reservoir, for irrigation and power generation purposes.
The construction of the Moragahakanda Reservoir was completed last year.
The Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga project will provide irrigation facilities to 81,422 hectares in the dry zone of Sri Lanka, provide potable and industrial water supply to Anuradhapura and Trincomalee towns and generate electricity by hydropower while opening up 5000 hectares of new land for agriculture development in Northern, North Central, Eastern and North Western province.