The ceremony to vest the Gomarankadawala Bakmeegama tank which is
renovated under the ‘Sirisara Pivisuma’ project with the public and the
opening of the 30 km long Elephant Fence which is constructed as a
pilot project in Gomarankadawala area to provide a solution for the age
old human elephant conflict, will be held under the patronage of
President Maithripala Sirisena, today (20).
The ‘Sirisara Pivisuma’ district development project is implemented
under the guidance of President Maithripala Sirisena to carry out a
sustainable development in the Trincomalee district. Under this project,
various programmes have been launched to develop the infrastructure
facilities including development of school buildings, implementation of
programmes to minimize human-elephant conflict, development of rural
roads and improvement of facilities to supply drinking water.
The ‘Sirisara Pivisuma’ district development project is one of the
foremost projects of the Presidential Secretariat and the labour is
provided by the Sri Lanka Army.
Under this 500 of Ellanga system tanks in the district will be
renovated and in the year 2017, 24 tanks were renovated and in the year
2018, 25 tanks were renovated and under the second stage of this another
34 tanks were renovated. In the year 2017 the ‘ellanga gammana’ or
cascaded tank-village system which renovate 500 tanks in the Trincomalee
district was commenced in Gomarankadawala.
The Cascaded Tank-Village System is a connected series of tanks
organized within a micro-catchment of the dry zone landscape, storing,
conveying and utilizing water from an ephemeral rivulet. It is an
ancient, widely used and unique traditional agriculture system. The
system provides water for irrigation, domestic purposes, animals and
The project is scheduled to be completed in several stages. It
possesses twenty Ellangas since it has 500 tanks that are to be
reconstructed. Providing water for both Yala and Maha seasons, creating
the pathway towards ending the droughts in farmlands, enhancing old
irrigational systems as a solution for the increasing temperature are
some of the expected outcomes of this project.
Rs. 22.4 million is spent on the elephant fence that is opened by the
President today. This will be immensely helpful to prevent the
substantial damage caused to the crops by elephants and to end the age
old conflict between elephants and the poor farmers. Strong concrete
beams are used for erecting the elephant fence instead of using tree
trunks. It has been manufactured by the Army Forces.
The Sirisara Approach, which is to be launched in 2021 covers the
program for building 100 residence quarters for teachers in schools in
remote areas under the Trincomalee District Infrastructure Development
Program has also been completed.
By implanting the programmes such as eradicating poverty and
sustainable development, the Sirisara approach envisages to make
Trincomalee an environmental-friendly green area, the President’s Media
(under the courtesy of adaderana.lk news web)