Later, State Minister Weerakumara Dissanayake together with the delegation visited the Kalu Ganga reservoir, which is scheduled to be opened by the President on 23rd of this month, and observed the construction of the Reservoir and the dam across the Kalu Ganga. The State Minister also inspected the functioning of the Moragahakanda hydro-electricity plant, which generates 25 Megawatt hydro-power to the national grid, and the construction of granite Buddha statue in front of the Moragahakanda reservoir.
Speaking to the media, Minister Weerakumara Dissanayake said that measures are being taken to resettle the people displaced by the construction giving them reasonable compensation as well as to commence new city projects.The Minister also instructed the officials to swiftly resolve the issues that have arisen and complete the mega project.Expressing his views the resident engineer Lal Kumarasiri said the construction of the Kalu Ganga reservoir was commenced in 2014 and the construction of the levees will be completed by December this year. At present they are experimenting with filling the reservoir before the official opening by the President on the 23rd.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 provinces