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Annual Progress Reports

WATER AND SANITATION PROJECT FOR RESETTLED FAMILIES

Current Projects


A project to improve drinking water and sanitation facilities among resettled communities in the Northern and Eastern Provinces commenced by the Ministry of Resettlement is progressing quite satisfactorily. This project was commenced on March 24, 2013 in the Kiran Divisional Secretariat area by the Former Resettlement Minister M.H. Gunarathna Weerakoon. The Ministry of Resettlement has allocated a sum of Rs. 150.0 Mn for the project which covers all the Northern and Eastern districts.

The project aims to improve drinking water and sanitation facilities among newly resettled families who had been the victims of 30 year long drawn out conflict. In fact, the Census of Population and Housing carried out by the Department of Census and Statistics in 2012 reveals that the Northern Districts of Mullaitivu and Eastern District of Batticaloa as having the lowest toilet facilities in the country. Recognizing this situation, Ministry has allocated Rs. 28.56 Million and Rs. 20.0 Million respectively under this project to these two Districts.

Under the Phase I and Phase II of the project, which were completed by end of 2013 and 2014, 1663 and 2182 resettled families benefitted in the sanitation sector respectively. Additionally, 81 dug wells were constructed under the project in 2013 and 2014.

The Ministry of Resettlement, in association with the District Secretariats in the Northern and Eastern Districts, has now identified the total requirements in the water and sanitation sector.Based on information collected, plans are underway to continue with the post resettlement activities focusing on providing drinking water and sanitation facilities to the needy resettled families in the year 2014 as well.Accordingly the Ministry has allocated a sum of Rs. 125.0 millions in 2015 to continue the project