As several parts of Colombo and thousands of residents in the city and suburbs suffered through a 72 hour water cut that began on Saturday morning and is yet to be restored the opposition revealed that the disruption was to fast-track a Urban Development Authority yachting project on the Diyawanna Oya.
Dr. Harsha De Silva the UNP’s Kotte Organiser said the ‘bosses of the defence establishment’ had ordained that the UDA project be completed by its end of month deadline.
The Water Supply and Drainage Board was claiming the interruption of supply was due to a repair, but subsequently new information regarding the disruption had come to light the UNP Parliamentarian noted.
“We have come to know that there was no repair needed but the main water lines at the Polduwa bridge near Parliament had to be raised so that a UDA project on the Diyawanna Oya could be completed by the end of the month deadline imposed by the Defence establishment,” De Silva said.
According to the UNP Parliamentarian, the project was aimed at allowing leisure boats and yachts on the Diywanna for the “super rich”.
The Water Board has missed deadline after deadline to restore water to several areas of Colombo including Kotte, Jambugasmulla, Nugegoda and Udahamulla, after the initial disruption was due to be only for 36 hours over the weekend.
On Monday night, Water Board officials promised to resume supply by midnight, but on Tuesday morning the Board claimed supply had been restored only at 5 AM and would take ‘few more hours” to resume properly.
The UDA comes under the powerful Defence Ministry run by Gotabaya Rajapaksa.