The dredging of the historic Tissamaharama Wewa located in the Hambantota district ceremoniously took place under the aegis of Minister Chamal Rajapaksa.
The dredging project is being carried out by the China Liaoning Hongcheng Road & Bridge Construction Company Ltd.
According to Minister Chamal Rajapaksa who spoke during the inaugural dredging of the Tissamaharama Wewa which has a surface area of 652 acres, the tank will be restored to its previous glory as under the rule of Sri Lanka’s monarchs.
Rajapaksa said that the Chinese would also pay for the sand and clay collected through the dredging of the tank.
The Thissamaharama Wewa or Tissa Wewa is a reservoir in Tissamaharama, thought to have been constructed in the 3rd Century BC, either by Mahanaga of Ruhuna or his successor Yatala Tissa of Ruhuna, in order to irrigate paddy lands and supply water to the flourishing city of Tissamaharama.