Sri Lanka Inaugurates South Asia's Longest "Irrigation Tunnel"

8 Feb 2021 by Local Press Report

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today (05) inaugurated the construction work of the 28 km long ‘Irrigation Tunnel’ , which will be the longest irrigation tunnel in South Asia upon completion, at Palugaswewa, Anuradhapura. The tunnel will be built under the first phase of the North Central Province Maha Ela Project, in parallel to the ‘Vari Saubhagya’ (Irrigation Prosperity) programme to rehabilitate 5,000 tanks. The North Central Province Maha Ela Project is being implemented as the 6th and final phase of the Mahaweli Development Scheme. The objective of the project is to divert water from Moragahakanda and Kalu Ganga reservoirs to Rajarata. It is designed as an eco-friendly development programme.