Granting allowances to remove silt and mud gathered in reservoirs and channels in the North, North Central and North West areas commenced in Anuradhapura on August 03.
According, as the initial step, removing slit and dirt gathered in the Kala wewa, and Kekirawa wewa, Balalu wewa and the Malawa wewa was conducted with the participation of Ministers Basil Rajapaksa, S M Chandrasena and Nimal Siripala de Silva.
The program is launched with the intention of providing water for farming purposes as well as to provide drinking water. The shortage of water has become a major issues due to the prevailing draught in the areas.
Accordingly, the project will be cleaning over 818 channels and Tanks in the North Central Province at a cost of Rs 2917 million while Rs 738 million will be spent on the North West province with another Rs 20 being allocated for the Vavuniya district.
The draught has caused damage to over 30% of farm lands in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala, Puttalam and Vavuniya areas. Over 338,192 families are facing with the shortage of drinking water while measures are also taken to renovate and develop tube wells in the areas.
These measures would be put into action with the assistance of the Ministry of Agrarian Services and Wildlife.