A concessionary loan agreement for JPY 31,810 million (approx. Rs. 42,307 million) was signed on Friday 7th between the Government of Sri Lanka and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for Kalu Ganga Water Supply Expansion Project (I).
The loan agreement for the project was signed by Dr. R. H. S. Samaratunga, Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, and Mr. Fusato Tanaka, Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka Office.
The project is implemented by National Water Supply and Drainage Board under the direction of Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply.
The objective of the project is to improve access to safe water and water supply efficiency in the southern area of Western Province by expanding the Kalu Ganga water supply facilities and restructuring water distribution networks, thereby contributing to improvement in the living conditions of the project area.
The project will construct water supply systems, including an expansion of the water treatment plants by another 140,000m3/day capacity, and installation of intake facilities, transmission and storage facilities etc.
The project will also launch a pilot project for reducing non-revenue water. The project will contribute to strengthening the water supply capacity in the southern areas in Western Province for a safe, stable water supply.