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Accelerated programme to provide 150,000 new domestic water connections

The Cabinet of Ministers approved the proposal tabled by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in his capacity as the Minister of Urban, Water Supply and Housing Facilities for launching an accelerated programme to provide 150,000 new domestic water connections during the first two quarters of the year 2020, Co-Cabinet Spokesman Information & Communications Technology, Higher Education, and Technology & Innovations Minister Dr. Minister Bandula Gunawardena said.

Addressing the weekly Cabinet media briefing at the Government Information Department yesterday, Minister Dr. Gunawardane said that a decision has also been taken to reduce the down payment for new water connections from Rs. 8,000 to Rs.2,000 and the rest could be paid as monthly installments.

The Water Supply and Drainage Board has already supplied 2.4 million water connections covering 41% of the population while also supplying 110,000 domestic drinking water connections.

However, it has become difficult to supply the domestic drinking water connections in certain areas although there is an additional capacity since it has become compulsory to extend the pipe lines covering the roads/areas void of coverage from the existing pipe lines, the commuters have to pay approximately Rs.20,000 as a down payment as well as having to pay charges for renovating the roads.


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