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Drinking water for all in five years – State Minister

“President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has entrusted me the task of providing adequate drinking water to the half of the population in the next five years. In the 72 years since independence, all governments provided drinking water to only 51 per cent of the population. I, however, will fulfill this challenge,” Rural and Regional Drinking Water Supply Development State Minister Sanath Nishantha Perera said.

State Minister Nishantha Perera was addressing a gathering of officials, journalists and supporters after assuming duties at his Ministry recently, a communique issued by his media unit said.

He said that although he was getting the full support from the President, the Prime Minister and his Cabinet Minister, he also needs the support of the officials, journalists and the public. “The challenge before me could only be achieved through a collective effort,” he said. The State Minister said that seven per cent of the total population are facing a severe scarcity of drinking water and 24 Grama Niladhari divisions have been identified as the hardest hit.

“As an immediate step, I will set up a bowser water supply programme for all of these worst affected areas. Forty eight water bowsers will be set up for 24 hours a day. I have instructed to use three drivers per bowser with each having to shoulder a shift of eight hours a day. The water tanks are still being installed at all intersections,” he said.

The State Minister said that he will carry out this gigantic task in five years.

He requested relevant officers to fulfill their duty to the maximum to provide an effective service to the public.

“I work 20 hours a day. I will provide all necessary facilities, allowances and overtime to all officers and employees who are willing to join the effort without any hesitation,” he added.