Govt. to launch water treatment and research project Two year project to cost Rs. 44.9 million

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By Sandun A Jayasekera

The government is to launch a water treatment and research project to test the water quality in water resources as contaminated water in many parts of the country and in Rajarata in particular has led to many a disease with Chronic Kidney Disease with unknown etiology (CKDE) taking the lead, Cabinet spokesman, Lands And Parliamentary Reforms Minister Gayantha Karunatilaka said.   


As such, the Government has recognized the necessity of identifying the factors that pollute water resources, in order to provide appropriate solutions. Accordingly the Cabinet on Tuesday (3) approved a proposal presented by President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment to implement a two years Project (2019 -2020 ) spending Rs. 44.9 million by the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) to test the water quality of Inland water resource, he added.   


Minister Karunatilaka said a Clean Air 2025 Action Plan has also been prepared by the government to maintain the air quality of Sri Lanka during the upcoming years.   


Accordingly the proposal presented to President Sirisena to appoint a monitoring committee and a technical committee for the supervisory and regulatory activities of this project was approved by the Cabinet.   


The Government has planned to construct 32.5 km distance of Central Highway (Phase 3) from Potuhera to Galagedara under the financial support of Japanese Banks.   


Accordingly, the Cabinet on Tuesday approved the proposal presented by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs to enter in to an agreement with MUFG Ltd Bank in Japan for the provision of Japan Yen 100 billion for this purpose (Rs. 146 billion).   


Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of National Policies and Economic Affairs, presented a proposal to enter into an agreement with UNOPS and UN Habitat institutions to construct 25,000 houses (costing a housing unit Rs. 1.25 million without tax ) in Eastern and Northern Provinces. Under the first Phase of this project.   


The project will construct 18,000 housing units in 2018 and will be completed within 08 months. Another 10,000 housing units will be completed in 2019. The Cabinet approved the proposal considering the recommendation of Cabinet appointed Negotiation Committee, Minister Karunatilaka noted.    

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