The civilians in Mannar will have access to pure drinking water. The first stage of the mega scheme was declared open at Pallimunai yesterday.
Civilians who were displaced from their places of origin due to LTTE terrorism have now returned to their homes due to the strength provided to them by the Government. They are now in the process of improving their livelihoods. However they are confronted with a major problem, that is finding water in the dry zonal area. It is as a solution to this issue that the Government has embarked on a massive project under the “Uthuru Wasanthaya” programme to meet the drinking water needs of this polity. The opening of the first stage of this scheme took place with the participation of many Parliamentarians including Minister Basil Rajapaksa. Assistance came from the Asian Development Bank. The expenditure incurred was 30 million rupees.
Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda who joined on this occasion pledged continued assistance to Sri Lanka to improve livelihoods of the people. He said they would also continue support for poverty alleviation.
Foreign Diplomats, Governors and Security Chiefs were among those who graced the occasion.