Sri Lanka approves funds for reservoirs and Southern roads


Jun 08, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s cabinet has approved several reservoir and road development projects including the lower MalwathuOya reservoir and roads under the Southern transport projects.

“The proposed lower MalwathuOya reservoir project will directly benefit people in Anuradhapura, Vavuniya, and Mannar districts and will facilitate 12,425 hectares of land under the Yoda Wewa and Agathimuruppu irrigation scheme in Mannar district to be cultivated in both Yala and Maha seasons,” a statement on cabinet decisions said.

“The Environmental Impact Assessment report and the Archaeological Assessment report are being reviewed and 160 low income families are being planned to be resettled.”

The cabinet proposal was made by Wijith Wijayamuni Zoysa, minister of irrigation and water resources management and Duminda Dissanayake, minister of agriculture.

Under the Southern transport development project construction of road section from Pinnaduwa to Kodagoda (from 30.80 km to 45.00 km) was approved.

Eleven regional roads are being rehabilitated with the balance loan amount granted by the China Exim Bank for the construction work of section from Pinnaduwa to Godagama of the Southern Expressway, the statement said.

“As there is a limited period for the expiry of loan amount, the proposal made by Lakshman Kiriella, Minister of higher education and highways, to manage required funds for immediate rehabilitation of these roads, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.”