Govt. spends billions on livelihood, infrastructure
Safe drinking water, sanitation for North and East
The Government is committed to improve the living and economic
standards of resettled refugees in the North while assuring them a
healthy life. The economy is now in bloom in the region. The Northern
Province which was once a ghost city is turning into a hub of
An awareness campaign on hygiene and water conservation in
The Government has spent billions of rupees on livelihood and
infrastructure development projects in the North and the East. Several
major development projects are nearing completion.
The Government is also focusing on providing safe drinking water to
the resettled refugees in the North. The Economic Development Ministry
and the Water Supply and Drainage Ministry have implemented several
water supply projects in the resettled areas in Vavuniya, Mannar, Jaffna
and the Mullaitivu districts.
According to the Water Supply and Drainage Ministry sources the
Nedunkerni water supply project has been implemented at a cost of Rs.
175.60 million and over 5,000 families under the project will benefit.
The Ministry sources said: "The projects are being launched in
Paddikudiyiruppu, Katkulam, Nedunkerni South and North, Olumadu, Mamadu,
Kulavisuddan and Marilluppai Grama Niladari Divisions in the Vavuniya
North Divisional Secretariat Division in the Vavuniya district. When the
project is completed over 5,000 people will benefit.
"The projects comprise rehabilitation of the existing scheme,
construction of the elevated 225m 3 tower, office buildings, stores and
staff quarters, laying of transmission and distribution main,
construction of pump house and installation of M and E equipment.
"The Thevanpiddy water supply project implemented at a cost of Rs.
168 million is launched in Thevanpiddy, Vellankulam and Palliaru Grama
Niladari Divisions in the Manthai West Divisional Secretariat Division.
When the project is completed over 2,900 people will benefit.
The Adampan water supply project
The water tower construction site at the
Thevanpiddy water supply project.
"The Viddattaltivu water supply project, implemented at a cost of Rs.
204 million is in Vidattaltivu Central, Vidattaltivu West, Vidattaltivu
North, Vidattalativu East and Kovilkulam Grama Niladari Divisions in the
Manthai West Divisional Secretariat Division in Mannar.
"The Valvettithurai water supply project has been implemented at a
cost of Rs. 348.57 million. When the project is completed 10,000 people
in Thondamanaru North, Kirudavil South and North, Valvettithurai
Northwest, North Central and North East, Polikandi West and East and
Kampamali in Point Pedro Divisional Secretariat Division will benefit.
The Maruthankerney water supply project comprises the construction of
tanks with a capacity of 1,800 litres of water, a 10 kilometre long
transmission and distribution system, pump house and installation of M
and E equipments. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs. 25.82
million, Ministry sources said.
The Water Supply and Drainage Ministry along with the Economic
Development Ministry has implemented the Pandiyankulam water supply
project at a cost of Rs. 298.53 million. Over 2,260 people in
Pandiyankulam, Karumpuliyan, Puvarasankulam, Punagar and Vinayagapuram
in the Mullaitivu district will benefit from the project. The Oddusuddan
water supply project includes Muthaiyankaddukulam, Thandiyamalai,
Muthuvinayagarkulam, Ganeshapuram, Katchilmadu, Vitthiyapuram,
Pandarawanni, Pearu, Kulamurippu, Karuvelankandal, Oddusuddan,
Periyamadu, K/Samalankulam and the Thanduvan Grama Niladari Divisions in
the Manthai West Divisional Secretariat Division. Over 10,700 people in
the Grama Niladari divisions will benefit when the ongoing projects are
The Mallavi water supply project has been implemented at a cost of
Rs. 292.24 million. The project includes Thunukkai, Mallavi, Yogapuram
(Centre), Anichchankulam and Therankandal Grama Niladari Divisions in
the Thunukkai Divisional Secretariat Division. Over 4,500 residents in
the Grama Niladari Divisions will benefit.
The Jaffna-Kilinochchi water supply project is to be implemented by
the Government to provide safe drinking water to the people in the
Northern province under the "Uthuru Wasanthaya" accelerated Northern
development drive implemented under the Mahinda Chinthanaya. When the
project is completed over 300,000 people in the North will benefit.
There is a Municipal Council, three Urban Councils and 13 Pradeshiya
Sabas in the Jaffna district and four Pradeshiya Sabas in Kilinochchi.
The Jaffna district comprises a population of 650,720 and Kilinochchi
US dollars 164.04 million will be spent on the project, expected to
be completed by June 2016, Ministry sources said. Parallel to the Jaffna
Kilinochchi water supply project, sewerage, sanitation and irrigation
facilities will be developed.
The objective of the Jaffna Kilinochchi water supply project is to
reduce poverty and improve the living standards of the rural communities
and provide safe drinking water and sanitation to the refugees in Jaffna
and Kilinochchi. Another aim is to improve community-based rural water
supply and sanitation in post-conflict areas of Jaffna and Kilinochchi.
An officer of National Water Supply and Drainage Board said 1,900
poor rural households will be provided safe drinking water and 550 rural
households will benefit by the new low-cost sanitation system with
septic tanks. Two hundred people have been trained in water supply and
sanitation and financial management, 1,900 households have been educated
on hygiene awareness and water conservation and 1,000 people have been
trained in cash-for work programs.
The Iyakachchi water supply project completed in December 2012 was
commissioned on January 1.
The goal of the Jaffna-Kilinochchi water supply project, is improved
health and human development in the urban and Predeshiya Sabha areas of
Jaffna and Kilinochchi. It will help in rehabilitating, reconstructing
and developing the areas affected by the conflict.
The water supply project will benefit 300,000 residents and the
Sewerage Reticulation System including the treatment plant and effluent
disposal reuse system will be effected in the most densely populated
areas of the Jaffna Municipality and the University, benefiting 80,000
residents. If effluent disposal reuse system is not feasible, sea
outfall will have to be considered for implementation, Ministry sources
Accordingly US$ 92.55 million for water supply, US$ 35.64 million for
sewerage and sanitation facilities and US$ 10.63 million for the
Iranamadu reservoir improvement will be allocated. A sum of US$ 2.64
million for the Jaffna water resource management, US$ 5.58 million for
capacity building, US$ 11.67 million for contingencies and US$ 5.33
million for financing charges during implementation will be spent. While
US $ 90 million will be funded by the Asian Development Bank, Agency for
Francaise De Development and the Government of Sri Lanka will fund US $
48 million and US$ 34.04 million, Water Supply and Drainage Ministry
The Government is committed to look into the well-being of the
resettled people in the North. Now the Northern region is experiencing a
surge of returnees and economic activities in the region have increased,
Ministry source said.