Joint development plans from Road Development Authority and Water Board
President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has inquired about the future plans of the program to provide clean drinking water to all households before the end of 2025.
During the discussion held at the Presidential Secretariat on the future plans of the State Ministry of Rural and Rural Water Supply Project Development.
The President has pointed out the need to expedite the program by paying special attention to the cleaning and conservation of rivers, streams and catchment areas.
The government expects to provide water to 4.7 million families in the next four years. The Presidential Media Unit stated that the project will be funded by local and foreign funds and 40,000 km of new water pipes will have to be laid.
It is expected to complete the project at half the cost of water supply so far.
Officials who participated in the discussion told the President that as a precautionary measure, water leaks were identified and new water pipes were being laid. President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa also focused on resolving the problems of community water project workers.
The Road Development Authority and the Water Supply and Drainage Board have agreed to jointly implement development plans to prevent damage to roads and the destruction of national wealth. It has been revealed that it could save about 30 percent of the total expenditure to meet the country’s drinking water needs.
Minister of Water Supply and Drainage Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Minister of State Sanath Nishantha, Basil Rajapaksa, Head of the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival, Secretary to the President PB Jayasundara, Secretaries to the Cabinet and State Ministries, officials of line agencies and representatives of the Community Water Project were present at the discussion.