Under ‘save the rivers’ programme: Govt to spend Rs 23B to develop 103 rivers
By Thameenah Razeek
The Government has proposed to spend Rs 23 billion for the development of 103 rivers, as part of the programme which has been implemented under the theme, ‘save the rivers’.
Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera said that a special project has been prepared by the Ministry of Environment to conserve the river system which is the main source of drinking water as well as water for agriculture and other needs.
“Currently, the entire river system is being polluted due to various human activities and even the water sources that supply water to the rivers are being lost due to the destruction of some riverine ecosystems,” he noted.
He further said that the river system is highly polluted contaminating the water used for drinking purposes by the public, causing various diseases.
Amaraweera noted that our river system is being also destroyed due to non-performance of duties by certain Environmental officials.
“Measures will also be taken to identify unauthorised occupants in the vicinity of these rivers, provide them with alternative housing as well as financial assistance to build their houses, and provide low interest loans if they do not have the money to adopt scientific methods for industrial wastewater disposal,” he said.