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Suwahas Diyawara to quench thirst

New Railway Development and Urban Development and Water Supply Deputy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said Tuesday that 200 drinking water supply schemes constructed at a cost of Rs.2.5 billion under the “Suwahas Diyawara 200” project to mark the completion of second year in office of President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be handed over to the beneficiaries from today to November 18. He said that 384,918 families will benefit through these projects. They intend to increase this amount to 500,000 shortly.

Addressing the media at Cey-Nor Sea Food Centre Minister Amaraweera said President Mahinda Rajapaksa directed them to implement development projects to assist the people instead of holding functions and ceremonies.

Minister Amaraweera said a special drinking water project will be implemented at a cost of Rs. 7 billion in Batticaloa district including in the recently cleared areas on October 20.

People in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Puttalam, Hambantota, Kalutara, Monaragala, Colombo, Nuwara-Eliya, Ampara, Matara, Kandy, Ratnapura, Trincomalee, Matale, Kurunegala, Kegalle, Gampaha, Badulla, Galle and North and East including Batticaloa will benefit through these projects.

During the recent past the Water Supply and Drainage Board has imposed Rs. 400 million as fines from those who obtained water illegally. The Board also took legal action against 200 persons in Colombo district alone, Minister Amaraweera added.

In addition Minister Amaraweera said measures are taken to nab those who get water illegally and to stop such happenings.

He said the WSDB do not have any intention to increase the water bills. WSDB intends to cut down expenses by minimising the wastage of water, corruption and malpractice in the Board.

The Minister said the Board will take stern action against those who dump garbage and pollute water sources. Projects will be implemented to protect the water sources with the local and foreign funding. He said as the Board too have authority to take legal actions against those who dump garbage into water sources.

New houses should have a rain water cistern.

The Water Supply Ministry has established a Secretariat at the Ministry premises for those who are willing to erect such cisterns to obtain the assistance of the Secretariat.

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