President Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the relevant officials to revive the Nilwala River Project, delayed for 28 years, and explore immediate solutions to the problems plaguing the project.
The President chaired a special meeting at Temple Trees Monday to discuss problems that hinder the progress of the Nilwala Project in Matara for three decades.
The mixing of sea water with the water of the Nilwala River had severely contaminated the drinking water and affected cultivation of crops, as well as threatening the areas with flood.
People in the Matara area are facing the threat of floods due to the lack of a systematic irrigation network for the flow of water, officials have pointed out.
The President has proposed the implementation of irrigation projects such as Marina Baraj in Singapore as a solution to the issue.
The officials have informed the President of the Dediyagala, Batuwita, Aparekka and Uhuruwa water supply schemes that are implemented under the Nilwala Scheme for the flood control.
President Rajapaksa has stressed the officials to implement the project by minimizing the damage to the protected forests in the Matara district and to the environment.
Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva, basil Rajapaksa and Dullas Alahapperuma and the Coordinating Secretary of religious Affairs Ven. Gatmanne Gunananda Thera were also present at the discussion.