July 23, 2018 (LBO) – Sri Lanka marked the completion of the Mahaweli Multipurpose Project after the water filling of the Moragahakanda Kalu Ganga Reservoir commenced today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena.
Mahaweli Multipurpose Project initially inaugurated at Polgolla in the Central Province by the then Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike on 08 January 1976.
The Moragahakanda Kalu Ganga project which is the final phase of the Mahaweli project expands over 666,000 acre-feet at a cost of 2.3 billion rupees.
The capacity of Kalu Ganga Reservoir is 265 million cubic meters and will divert 100 million cubic meters of water a year to the Moragahakanda Reservoir.
This will irrigate dry lands in the Rajarata, Wayamba, Central and Eastern Provinces on one hand and faraway Vanni in the Northern Province on the other.
In addition to irrigation of land, water from the Moragahakanda Reservoir generates 25-megawatt power at the Moragahakanda hydroelectric power station.
Moragahakanda Kalu Ganga Reservoir is six times larger than the gigantic Parakrama Samudraya, constructed centuries ago by King Parakramabahu.