The Minister of Urban Development, Water Supply and Drainage Rauff Hakeem said the government will take immediate measures to resolve the problems in potable water supply in Batticaloa district.
Addressing a meeting held Friday (30) at the District Secretariat in Batticaloa to discuss the present situation and existing difficulties in the sectors of water supply and drainage throughout the Batticaloa District, Minister Hakeem said he has instructed the Water Board to take measures considering the needs of the district's people, especially the farmers' to supply potable water.
The National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) faces a challenge to meet the potable water requirement of the increasing population in the district, but by 2014, the Board has managed to provide drinking water to 90 percent of the population in the district, according to the Minister.
He instructed the officials of the Water Supply Board and District Secretariat, who were present at the meeting, to take measures necessary to resolve any obstructions, if any, in providing potable water to Valaichchenai, Kiran and Ottamawadu areas in the district.
He also instructed the officials to implement measures to dispose the sewer wastage in an environmentally friendly manner.
Minister Hakeem said the NWSDB it has taken measures to design the potable water supply systems to meet the requirement of the population expected in 2040.
During the discussion attention was paid to all projects that have been completed, presently underway and those to be commenced in the future by the National Water Supply and Drainage Board.
Batticaloa district MP P. Selvarasa, GA Mrs.P.S.M. Charles and officials of the Water Supply Board, Irrigation Department and District Secretariat were also present at the meeting.