The Government of Japan has extended US$ 93,177 (around Rs. 11 million) grant aid for the rehabilitation of Weliwewa Tank in Mihintale Divisional Secretary Division, Anuradhapura District, under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects scheme (GGP).
The project, which would be implemented by Rajarata Janasahana Foundation, aims at improving agricultural activities and livelihood of approximately 300 families who are engaging in agriculture around the area. In addition, this project will also contribute to socio-economic development of Anuradhapura District, where the Government of Sri Lanka puts all its efforts into development through the Deyata Kirula 2012 development project.
According to the Chairman/Executive Director of Rajarata Janasahana Foundation Mr. Ashoka Indika Wickramage, Weliwewa Tank had provided water to fields and gardens in Mihintale Divisional Secretary Division Since ancient times. However, there have been leaks in the bund and the main exit for about 8 years. Due to the leaks, the farmers have not been able to cultivate their paddy fields and lands. After the rehabilitation of the tank, about 350 acres of paddy field will be cultivated, moreover, water will also be provided to about 1,000 acres of home garden.
The GGP scheme was launched in Sri Lanka in 1989 to ensure human security of people at the grass-roots level. Under this scheme, in the Japanese Fiscal Year of 2011 alone, a total of 10 projects have been supported throughout Sri Lanka , in the fields of demining, rural development, livelihood improvement, and education. In total, 227 projects have been supported to date in Sri Lanka at a cost of around US$ 29.6 million (around Rs. 3,500 million
The Grant Contract was signed between Mr. Nobuhito Hobo, Ambassador of Japan and Mr. Ashoka Indika Wickramage, Chairman/Executive Director of Rajarata Janasahana Foundation today (March 20), at the Ambassadorís Residence in Colombo .