Sri Lanka to get Euro 75mn French finance to boost sewerage in coastal suburbs

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is getting 75 million Euros (15 billion rupees) from France for a major expansion of the sewerage system in Ratmalana and Moratuwa, coastal suburbs south of the capital Colombo.

The Ratmalana/Moratuwa Wastewater Disposal Project will improve access to 45,000 residents in the suburbs

"It will include significant extension of the sewerage network and more than 10,000 domestic, commercial and industrial connections," the Finance Ministry said.

"Sewage will be treated by the existing Ratmalana wastewater treatment plant."

The agreement for the loan the French Agency for Development (AFD) was signed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance and Mass Media R H S Samaratunga and AFD Country Director Martin Parent.

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) will implement the project over a 5 to 6 year period.

NWSDB already prepared the project design with the support of an AFD-financed Engineering Consultant.

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The project will include information, education and communication campaigns to promote sanitation and hygiene.

About 70 percent of 2.2 million tourists visiting Sri Lanka now and 4 million expected by 2020 are coming to beach areas. More than 3 million inhabitants live less than a kilometre away from the coast.

Sewerage projects will reduce pollution, the finance ministry said. (Colombo/Feb19/2019-SB)