Parliamentarian Nirupama Rajapaksa has pressurized the Water Supply and Drainage Board to supply her with three bowsers of water. It is revealed that the water is needed to fill the swimming pool in her private residence.
Prime Minister’s daughter Dilini Jayaratna too had phoned the Maligakanda Operational Center of the Water Supply and Drainage Board yesterday (5th) night and had requested to send a bowser of water immediately. The Chairman of the Board had ordered to supply the bowser of water immediately.
Accordingly, a bowser with 500 liters of water had been sent to the residence at 172/14E at Polhengoda and the bowser and the crew had spent three hours to supply the water needed.
Later, a swimming pool on the second floor of the residence too had been filled with water.
Meanwhile, the water crisis that originated due to the move to raise the bridge over Diyawanna at the Battaramulla and Parliament Road junction on a direction by Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has continued for the fifth day today (6th). A large number of people have been severely inconvenienced due to the breakdown of water supply to areas such as Madapatha, Piliyandala, Hokandara, certain areas in Maharagama. People in Kirulapana area too complain that they receive only trickle of water due to low pressure.
Only two pumps are used to pump water due to the inability of the coupling to withstand the pressure at the place where the pipeline was raised to allow pleasure boats to pass under the bridge over Diyawanna. It is stated that there is the danger of the pipeline bursting if a third pump is used.