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‘SL, India have long-standing friendship’

City Planning and Water Supply Minister Rauf Hakeem, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Deputy Indian High Commissioner Dr. Shilpak N. Ambule at the event.
City Planning and Water Supply Minister Rauf Hakeem, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Deputy Indian High Commissioner Dr. Shilpak N. Ambule at the event.

Sri Lanka and India have enjoyed a long-standing friendship and it goes back to the era of ancient Sinhala kings. Now certain persons and groups are trying to create an anti-India campaign in Sri Lanka, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said.

Sri Lanka received Buddhism, the science of ayurveda, music, artistic traditions and more from India. A country with a developing economy cannot become a developed country on its own. Therefore, Sri Lanka should obtain the support of India, Minister Senaratne said.

He was speaking at a ceremony to lay the foundation stone for a new water supply scheme in Kalutara. Minister Senaratne said Rs. 32,278 million is to be spent on the proposed water supply scheme which will provide salt-free drinking water for 573,000 people living in 269 grama niladhari divisions.

A total of 32,000 new water connections will be provided under the project. The project will be completed by July 2019.

By 2020, a total of Rs. 15,200 million should be paid. Similar amounts are to be paid for the loans obtained to construct Mattala airport. The present government has built a friendly relationship with India and neighboring countries, he said.


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