President Maithripala Sirisena says that he has been able to bring about a unique awakening in the Mahaweli movement as it completes 50 years. He told the closing ceremony of the 31st Mahaweli Games at Bisopura Stadium in Medirigiriya that dividends of the Mahaweli movement would be made more evident tomorrow rather than today. The President said the movement would continue just like the Mahaweli flows, enriching lives and the economy.
He went on to say that he has been able to fulfill many obligations on behalf of the farmers who contribute immensely towards the biggest development effort in Sri Lanka. President Sirisena described the Mahaweli movement as a turning point in local agriculture and irrigation.
Before distributing the trophies to the winners of the Mahaweli Games that was won by the System H, President Sirisena opened the Bisopura Stadium. Built at a cost of 170 million rupees it is the largest stadium to have been built by the Mahaweli Authority. It will be open for sports activities of schoolchildren in Mahaweli areas