President Mahinda Rajapaksa inspected the ongoing work at Morana reservoir and irrigation project in Nagadeepa,Mahiyanganaya yesterday (Sep. 10).
The President during his visit instructed officials to complete the construction of the project on schedule before the end of 2015.
The construction of the Nagadeepa Scheme and providing irrigation facilities for additional lands in Morana area by constructing Morana reservoir across Ulhitiya Oya will benefit over 1,200 families in the area.
The project constructed at a cost of Rs.1, 700 million will help alleviate the drinking water scarcity in the area while helping cultivate both paddy and other food crops in over 5,000 acres in both Yala and Maha seasons.
The irrigation scheme is situated in the Nagadeepa village in Ridimaliyadde DS Division in the Badulla District.
The proposed construction will provide irrigation facilities to 3,540 acres of paddy lands, 2,060 acres of other field crops.
The President later visited the Nagadeepa temple and engaged in religious observances.
Following this the President visited the historic Rajamaha Viharaya in Mahiyanganaya.
The President spent a while in the Viharaya engaging in religious observances. He also spent time with the devotees who had visited the temple.
A special puja to coincide with the Presidentís visit had been organized by Chief Incumbent of the Temple Ven. Urullawatte Dhammarakkitha Thera.
Several ministers and MPs accompanied the President.