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* Plans to set up waste water management systems in every major city
Thu, Nov 18, 2021, 05:26 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 17, Colombo: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (17) stated that wastewater management systems currently limited to a few areas will be constructed in every major city in the country in the future.

The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the Kandy City Waste Water Management Project” along with the Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka Mizukoshi Hideaki, today at a ceremony held online between Temple Trees and the newly constructed Gannoruwa Wastewater Treatment Plant in Kandy.

The Prime Minister said that it was a great achievement for the country to be able to create a ‘National Sanitation Plan’ to safeguard the future of the country.

Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Minister of Water Supply and Drainage presented to the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa the National Plan for Sanitation up to 2030, which will work to conserve groundwater, protect the catchment areas and maintain the quality of water flow through sensitive areas.

During the ceremony held at the Gannoruwa Wastewater Treatment Plant in Kandy, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) handed over the vehicles, machinery and equipment of the Kandy Urban Waste Management Project to the National Water Supply and Drainage Board and the Kandy Municipal Council.

Japan has been supporting the water sector in the Kandy region since 2001 by building water supply facilities, including a water purification plant, and improving the drinking water coverage rate, according to the Japanese Embassy.

The construction of the sewage treatment plant and the sanitation facilities have been completed through a yen loan of approximately 14 billion yen, which was decided in March 2010, and the construction of door-to-door connections to each household is now underway, which is expected to improve the living and sanitation environment through sewage treatment.

Kandy Mayor Kesara Senanayake and General Manager of the Drainage Board Thilina S. Wijetunga signed the Operation and Maintenance Agreement for the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

A documentary on the Kandy Urban Wastewater Management Project was also telecast concurrently with the inauguration ceremony.

Speaking at the occasion, Prime Minister Rajapaksa Sri Lanka is still at the forefront of sanitation and use in the South Asian region.

“However, due to our own activities, many water sources in our country are now being polluted. That is why the Water Supply and Drainage Board formulated a "National Sanitation Plan". Accordingly, we are committed to building waste water management systems to secure the future.”

Even the developed countries of the world are facing the problem of wastewater management, the Premier said and added that it is not easy to manage disposal of wastewater from homes, businesses and factories.

Noting that Kandy is a World Heritage City and the Sacred Tooth Relic, the crown jewel of the entire Buddhist world, resides in Kandy, the Premier pointed out that environmental pollution in Kandy has been on the rise for some time and requested the people’s support to avoid the worsening situation.

“We know that wastewater is being discharged illegally even to the Mahaweli River. Not only that, many places have been severely affected by wastewater. Recognizing this situation, the "Wastewater Management" project will provide significant assistance to protect the historic Kandy Lake as well as to the Kandy-centric tourism industry,” the Premier said.

“We see the implementation of such a national plan that prioritizes the hygiene of the people as a future investment. Our Minister Vasudeva told me that this program will be implemented until 2030. JICA provided the initial funding for the Kandy Urban Wastewater Management Project. We must thank them and the Japanese government.

“Currently we have water management systems only in Municipal Council areas such as Colombo, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Moratuwa, and in cities like Ja-Ela, Ekala and Kurunegala. We have planned to build water management systems in every major city in the country, which is now limited to only few areas,” the Prime Minister asserted.


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