New Sri Lankan Budget Increases Spending on Irrigation

29 Oct 2014 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
COLOMBO, Sri Lankan

Sri Lanka's 2015 budget increases spending on irrigation by $115 million USD, and includes plans to build small dams across numerous rivers in the country’s dry zone to cope with drought and new water supply systems in villages affected by waterborne disease.The budget also reduces water tariffs by 10 percent for households that use up to 25 cubic meters of water, and creates a National Community Water Supply Department to regulate and develop community water programs.Improving irrigation systems and providing quality drinking water are priorities in the 2015-2017 medium-term budget framework, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is also finance minister, told the parliament on October 24th...

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