Work of Greater Dambulla Drinking Water Scheme expedited

Minister Rauff Hakeem at the work site discussing present situation of the project.

A discussion was held to expedite work of the Greater Dambulla Drinking Water Scheme at the City Planning and Water Supply Ministry under the chairmanship of the Secretary to the Ministry Hapuaratchi under the advice of Minister Rauf Hakeem, in accordance with the requests of the people of the Greater Dambulla area. A committee comprising higher officials of the Water Supply and the Drainage Board and the Watek Compny, which is handling the construction activities of the project will be appointed in this regard.

The project has a vast storage tank of 65,000 cubic meters per day, two automatic water purification plants of 32,000 cubic meters each, seven service reservoirs, two water towers, two pumping stations, and a network of 72 kilo meter transmission lines to distribute water to an area of 220 kilo meters.

The first stage of the scheme was started under the assistance of the Exim Bank of India and the People’s Bank amounting to Rs. 10,000 Million.

The project is now in its last phase and its first stage consisting of a vast storage tank, automatic water purification plant transmission lines was completed and vested with the people by the City Planning and Water Supply Minister on April 9, 2011=7.

The distribution network covering Dambulla, Seegiriya, and Inamaluwa were completed on August 30, 2017. By now, the Operation and Maintenance Unit of the Water Supply and the Drainage Board has provided about 500 connections.

The Board has been able to improve the services of water supply to the Dambulla city and the surrounding areas by providing water purified by the new water purification plant and thereby water shortage for about 5,000 connections that came under the old water supply scheme.

It will become possible to provide pure drinking water through the new service reservoirs to the people very soon in Talakiriyagama, Habrana, and Tittawellagolla. The construction work of the service reservoirs under the project in Kandalama, Kitulhitiywa, and Galewala areas were completed. It is envisaged to complete the transmission and distribution pipe work of Kandalama and Galewala by end of February, 2018 and complete the transmission and distribution pipe work of Kitulhitiyawa by end of March, 2018.

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