July 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Minister of Industry and Commerce and Wanni district parliamentarian Rishad Bathiudeen has appealed to the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to expedite the resettlement of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Mannar district.
Minister Bathiudeen said the boundary delimitation of Pradeshiya Sabhas in Mannar District has heavily discriminated its populace and District's IDPs is the need of the hour.
"I believe that the Prime Minister will be able to help people of Mannar District to resolve this boundary issue," said Vanni District MP.
The Minister made this appeal when PM Ranil Wickremesinghe visited the district to vest the Mannar Water Supply Scheme with people last week.
"The helpless IDPs in Mannar District continue to suffer. They lack even the basic facilities and they do not have human dignity. Today I plead visiting Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to resolve and help end the suffering of IDPs of Mannar District. I am confident of his support" said Minister Bathiudeen.
The Minister said there is a problem of Pradeshiya Sabha delimitation as the number of elected Pradeshiya Sabha members for Mannar District is decided based on the 2012 population census.
"The PS boundaries for the District have been drawn based on the census and as a result, voters of Mannar District have been heavily discriminated. I believe that the Prime Minister will be able to help people of Mannar District to resolve this boundary issue too," he said.
The Minister pointed out that the water and electricity supply have been a longstanding issue for the District. The Asian Development Bank assisted water supply project has faced challenges in Vavuniya but the same project implemented in Mannar has become successful, he said.
Mannar Water Supply Scheme was constructed at a cost Rs. 2.2 billion with the financial support of Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The project provides 12,000 water connections at first stage and can provide 4,000 more connections. The entire district will be benefited in the second phase which will supply water from Kallar to Madhu. The District-wide project is estimated at Rs 19 billion and will benefit 35,000 families. Therefore the water problem of the entire Mannar district will be solved, the Minister explained.
The Mannar Water Supply project brings 24 hour uninterrupted water supply to Mannar. It is implemented by the City Planning and Water Supply Ministry together with the National Water Supply and Drainage Board. The project will provide drinking water to about 60,000 people in the District.