The Cabinet yesterday (15) gave the approval to commence a fresh water project in Jaffna at a cost of Rs 3,609 million.
The project is named ‘A river for Jaffna’ and it aims to address the water shortage in Jaffna, increase the water supply for agricultural activities and provide water for drinking and domestic activities.
The project also intends to reduce the salinity of water in the wells near the Vadamarachchi lagoon.
More than 300, 000 people will be benefitted by the project and a total land area of 13 ,925 hectares will be developed by the project out of which 1,315 hectares are paddy fields and grasslands.
President Maithripala Sirisena, as the Mahaweli Development Minister had put forward the proposal to the Cabinet.