Commander Makes a Surprise Visit to Karuwalagaswewa
Tank Renovation Work under 'Sirisara Pivisuma'
[August 04 2018]
With the intention of giving a moral boost to the
troops, dedicated to the nation-building roles under the Presidential
Secretariat's 'Sirisara Pivisuma' development project, now underway in
the East of the country, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander
of the Army on Friday (03) made a surprise visit to the renovation site
at Karuwalagaswewa tank in Pansal Godella and received a first-hand
evaluation of the status quo while talking to the troops at work.
Army Engineer troops, slashing the earlier estimated
cost to save Rs 70 million for the government expect to enhance the
water capacity of the tank under renovation to 355 acre feet from the
existing 255 acre feet after digging and necessary renovation work.
Accompanied by Major General Santhusitha Pananwala,
Commander, Security Forces - East (SF-E), Major General Dudley Weeraman,
Chief Field Engineer, Major General Aruna Jayasekara, General Officer
Commanding, 22 Division and Brigadier Neranjan Ramanayake, Project
Director, 'Sirisara Pivisuma' project and a couple of other Officers,
the Commander of the Army made inquiries into different aspects, related
to ongoing work and benefits that would bring to the public.
Tank water can be utilized to cultivate 188 acres,
belonging to 160 farming families. The length of its surrounding bund is
about 850 meters and is of 12.5 feet in width. Army engineers are poised
to take away some 25,000 cubes of soil from inside the tank, enabling
water capacity to go up.
The work is being carried out under the supervision of
Lieutenant Colonel Priyantha Dissanayake, Tanks Renovation Direction
Officer of the 'Sirisara Pivisuma' project.
Earlier, the Army estimated the cost to be Rs
24,366,000.00. However, the Army undertook the project saving Rs 70