Oct 11, Colombo: Construction of sanitation facilities at 10 major railway stations in the country has commenced according to a proposal presented on the 2019 Budget 2019 Minister of Finance Mangala Samaraweera to improve public sanitation facilities at railway stations.
Construction of Sanitary facilities at seven main railway stations - Polgahawela, Rambukkana, Hatton, Puttalam, Chilaw, Trincomalee and Batticaloa have been completed and the facilities will be handed over to the Railway Department next week for the convenience of the public.
In addition, the construction of sanitary facilities at Kadugannawa, Peradeniya and Ja-Ela stations is also nearing completion.
These sanitary facilities are set up separately for men, women and those with special needs in one system. The construction work is being done by the State Development and Construction Corporation under the Ministry of Housing and Construction.
The total expenditure incurred by the government on one sanitary facility is Rs.9.3 million.
According to the 2019 budget proposal Rs. 1 billion has been allocated to improve the sanitary facilities at Bus Terminals and Railway Stations. Once built, the private sector will be invited to maintain these facilities.