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‘People in Ratnapura now have water, electricity’

Many development projects were launched in Ratnapura district during the past few years and now people in the district have pipe-borne water for 24 hours, Labour and Trade Union Relations Minister W.D.J.Seneviratne said.

Minister Seneviratne said the project water cost Rs.11,000 million. Earlier, people received water only for few hours per day; now they have access to pipe-borne water throughout the day.

He was addressing the gathering during a meeting held at Pelmadulla recently.

Minister Seneviratne pointed out that in the past only 52 percent of the people in Ratnapura had electricity and now 96 percent of the people have electricity. Ratnapura General Hospital and many other rural hospitals had been developed with foreign aid.

The OPD was developed with JAICA assistance.

Construction work on Ratnapura Divisional Secretariat building complex is now going on.

State schools in the district had been developed.

Roads in the district have already been carpeted, he added.