Seventy percent of the construction of the Deduru Oya project has been completed. The project will be inaugurated at the end of 2013.
According to the Project Director B. A. A. S. Perera, it will be possible to cultivate around 27,000 acres of paddy under this project. Around 15,000 families will directly benefit under the project while around 200,000 individuals will directly and indirectly benefit, he said.
The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 6,000 million. Rs 4,200 million have been spent for the project todate, Mr. Perera said.
According to him, around 90 percent of construction of the main bund has been completed while 60 percent construction of the left bank sluice too has been completed. Eighty five percent of the south bank sluice has also been completed. The authorities have estimated that it would be possible to provide drinking water to around 50,000 families under this project.
Farmers who cultivated only one season per a year, under the Deduru Oya, will be able to cultivate both Yala and Maha seasons, after the completion of the Deduru Oya project. The capacity of the reservoir is 75 million cubic metres, the project director said.
The Deduru Oya irrigation project is a modern Sri Lanka's reservoir built utilizing local engineering technology. This is the largest
irrigation project in the Kurunegala District.
Around 300 mini reservoirs under the major reservoir will be developed under the project. This will be a boost for development and enhance the living standard of the people in the area.