PM orders immediate measures to renovate five main reservoirs in Sri Lanka’s war-torn north

Sun, Mar 29, 2015, 07:02 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 29, Kilinochchi: Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe has instructed the relevant Authorities to take immediate steps to renovate five main irrigation reservoirs in the conflict-affected north.

The Prime Minister, who is engaged in a tour in the Northern Province, gave the instructions to renovate five major reservoirs including the Iranamadu reservoir for agricultural activities at a meeting held this morning in the Kilinochchi District Secretariat office, the national radio reported.

The water reservoirs that irrigate the paddy lands in the northern part of the country have filled up with sediment and hold less rain water now. The reservoirs need to be dredged and de-silted to restore to the old form to help contain a larger volume of water than at present.

The Premier meeting with the parliamentarians of major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Local Government officials, and the public in Kilinochchi today, discussed the problems people are facing in the area and measures to resolve them .

The Prime Minister told the meeting that a service center for around 30,000 differently abled people will be established in the North in consultation with the Indian Government. He also instructed the health officials to conduct streamlined health care clinics for the people who have suffered due to the long war.

Minister of Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs D. M. Swaminathan, Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs Mrs. Vijayakala Maheshwaran, MPs and senior government officials participated in the meeting.

Concluding his three-day tour in the North, the PM is scheduled to visit Mullaitivu District this evening.

 

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