Mega 'Sharamadana' to renovate 20 km long irrigation canal
As a part of their community welfare initiatives, Sri
Lanka Army troops renovated a 20 km-long irrigation canal that supplies
water to farm lands in Pandivettiaru in the general areas of Thunukkai
and Vavunikulam on 07th (Thursday, September). According to Army media,
about 700 Army personnel together with more than 200 civilians were
involved in the 'Sharamadana' (self-help) programme.
The canal on the Southern bund of the Vavunikulam tank
is one of the three major canals that take water to the surrounding
fields from the 40,000 acres reservoir. The canal which carries water to
the Thunukkai area was found to be in need of repair before the next
monsoons begin. Taking the lead, troops under 65 Division together with
members of 09 farmers' associations renovated the 20 km canal. More than
2,650 acres of land is put under the plough from the water of this
reservoir during both, 'Yala' and 'Maha' seasons. Regional irrigation
and state officials also provided support to this community empowerment
initiative of the Sri Lanka Army.
Troops of 10 Sri Lanka Light Infantry, 19 Sri Lanka
Light Infantry, 21 (V) Sri Lanka Light Infantry, 15 (V) Sri Lanka Sinha
Regiment, 1 Gajaba Regiment, 11 Gajaba Regiment, 20 (V) Vijayabahu
Infantry Regiment and 7 Sri Lanka National Guard of above Brigades were
involved in the 'Sharamadana' programme.