‘Water Supply Tariff Should Be Revised’: Minister Rauff Hakeem

‘Water Supply Tariff Should Be Revised’: Minister Rauff Hakeem
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There was a move to increase the water supply tariff in January this year and however it was postponed due to various reasons.  Now again the Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Rauff Hakeem states that tariff should be revised soon for the economic stability of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB).

Water tariff is usually revised every three years but there had been no revision of water tariff for the last four years.

He also stated that while a liter of bottled drinking water is sold at Rs. 60, the NWSDB provides 1,000 liters to the people at a price of Rs.12.

“The NWSDB bears a huge cost for purification and distribution of water, so it is impossible to provide water at such a low price,“ he said.

Minister Hakeem made these remarks at a ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the Polgahawela, Pothuhera and Alawwa Integrated Water Supply Project, in Pothuhera, Kurunegala.

The estimated cost of the project is USD 108 million, of which USD 91.8 million is funded by the EXIM Bank of India while Bank of Ceylon will provide USD 16.2 million and Government of Sri Lanka will provide Rs 4,547.8 million.

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