President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday outlined the measures to be taken to develop the Polonnaruwa District in line with the Deyata Kirula National Development exhibition to be held next year.
The President, who was participating in several events today in the district, has instructed the district officials to take necessary measures to solve peoples' problems prevailing in the district.
President Rajapaksa participated in the Polonnaruwa district special development meeting held in Sudu Araliya hotel and held discussions on many areas including irrigation, agriculture, dairy resources, urban development, and highways. District Secretary Nimal Abeysiri presented the progress report of the district to the President.
He instructed the officials to take immediate action to find solutions for drinking water shortage in the district and to immediately start renovations of irrigational tanks, canals and reservoirs.
He also highlighted the need to accelerate the road development projects in the district and provide infrastructure facilities for the visitors to the Polonnaruwa sacred city with the help of officials of the Central Cultural Fund.
President Rajapaksa instructed the officials to educate the farmers on the environmental damages caused by excessive use of agro chemicals.
Focusing on education in the district, the President ordered the educational authorities to implement a systematic plan to ease teacher shortages in government schools, develop the Infrastructure facilities of schools located in remote areas and implement a transparent teacher transfer policy.
During the visit in the district, President Rajapaksa laid foundation stone for "MihiMeth" holiday resort in Polonnaruwa to be constructed to provide accommodation facilities for the local and foreign tourists who visit the Polonnaruwa sacred city.
The three-storied holiday resort with 500 rooms will be constructed at a cost of 50 million rupees.
The President also declared open a new three-storied building for the Bakamuna Mahasen Maha Vidyalaya built at a cost of 35 million rupees under a project to develop 1000 secondary schools island wide.
The multi-purpose educational building houses a home science lab, an agriculture lab, an auditorium, a computer lab and a library.
He also distributed school supplies to the students of the schools.
In Elahara, President declared open a new two-storied office building and an auditorium constructed at a cost of 35 million rupees for the Elahara Pradeshiya Sabha.
Polonnaruwa district parliamentarian and Minister of Health Maithripala Sirisena, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena, Deputy Minister of Social Services Chandrasiri Suriyarachchi, North Central province Governor Karunaratne Divulgane, Chief Minister Berty Premalal Dissanayake and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga accompanied the President.