The Apadawata Pera Sudanama (Preparation before disaster), disaster prevention programme, was inaugurated by President Maithripala Sirisena on July 7. It was launched to take measures to prevent floods in the Anuradhapura city and its suburbs.
The Irrigation Water Resources and Disaster Management Ministry on the instructions of Minister Duminda Dissanayale implemented the programme. Invasive aquatic plants, sediment, garbage and waste in and along the sides of the Malwathu Oya will be removed under the Malwathu Oya River Rehabilitation venture.
Side walls along the Malwathu Oya banks will be constructed under the programme and encroached families residing along the Malwathu Oya banks will also be removed. Planting trees along the river banks to stop soil erosion is also a part of the programme.
Air Force, Navy, Army and Civil Security members will provide manpower to implement the programme.The President commissioned the Provincial Transportation Authority’s new three storey building built at a cost of Rs. 24 billion during his visit.
The Maha Sangha conducted the Sath Buddha Wandana at the Jaya Sri Maha Boodhi and the President was also present among the devotees. A special pooja was offered to the Jaya Sri Maha Boodhi and religious observances were performed to bestow blessings on War Heroes and the citizens by the Maha Sangha headed by Ven. Kegalle Pannarathne Thera and Ven. Walapane Sasanarathne Nayaka Thera.The President also visited the Atamasthanadhipathi Ven. Dr. Pallegama Sirinivasa Nayaka Thera at the Bomaluwa Temple and offered Ata Pirikara to the prelate.