Water was released for the paddy cultivation from The Iranaimadu Tank in Kilinochchi for the first time, after two years of renovation and development work. Special worships were made at the Kanakambikai Amman and Vaddakkachchi Ottai Pillayar Temples prior to the opening of the sluices. MP, Sritharan and former NPC Ministers, P.Ainkaranesan and Kurukularajah ceremoniously opened the sluices.
Around 21,985 acre are cultivated under Iranaimadu, the biggest Irrigation Tank in the Northern Province. As the water receipts were less in dry season only around 8,000 acre could be irrigated in the past. As the repair and renovation works were not undertaken for a long time irrigation could not be undertaken efficiently.
Work to increase holding capacity from a water level of 34 feet to 36 feet had been nearly completed now and it is expected that paddy cultivation could be undertaken in 12,000 acre. The current water level at only 19 feet because of the renovation work and low rain falls.However, on the request of the farmers water is being released for the first time after renovation.
Along with MPc, Pasupathypillai, Director of District Irrigation, Engineer V.Premakumar, Deputy Director of District Irrigation, Engineer N.Suthakaran, the Secretary of the Iranaimadu agricultural organizations, M.Sivamohan, for President S.Sivapragasam, the representatives of Agricultural Organizations also participated in this event.