ECONOMYNEXT – The Sri Lankan government is in discussions with various bodies to establish water supply to the island’s north through the ‘River for Jaffna’ policy, which was proposed by an engineer decades ago.
“There is an acute water shortage in the north. To mitigate this dangerous situation, we are in discussions on how to implement the ‘River for Jaffna’ project which was proposed by professor Arumugam,” Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said in parliament on Wednesday.
Gunawardena said that the government is in discussions with engineers, relevant specialist institutions and international bodies on how to implement the policy, and resolve the water supply and irrigation obstacles in the region.
Gunawardena pointed out that desalination was costly and would incur heavy prices for consumers.
In 1954, Engineer Arumugam, former deputy director of the Irrigation Department, proposed a River for Jaffna for the benefit of the Jaffna peninsula water resources and environment.
Over the years, the irrigation department, Mahaweli Authority, various local and foreign consultants, and international agencies have contributed to and improved the proposal. (Colombo/Nov9/2023)