A very reliable source reveals that the reason for the sudden disruption of water supply to many parts of Colombo was due to raising the bridge at Battaramulla – Parliament junction so that boats could be navigated freely on Diyawanna Oya.
The main pipeline supplying water to Colombo had been on a level with the old bridge. When the bridge was raised to facilitate boats sailing on the Diyawanna, the water supply had been disrupted. As the raising of the bridge and the pipeline could not be carried out during the planned period hundreds of thousands of people in Colombo were denied drinking water for days.
The operation of raising the pipeline had been carried out without consulting engineers of the Water Supply and Drainage Board but on orders from Urban Development Authority. A coupling used to join the huge pipes had burst when trying to raise the pipeline. It had taken more than 10 hours to repair the coupling.
As a result of this arbitrary move to raise the pipeline without consulting the proper authorities a large number of people were inconvenienced including students who sit the GCE A/L examination which commences today (5th). This is not the first time hundreds of thousands of people have been inconvenienced due to the arbitrary moves by the Urban Development Authority carried out for the entertainment agenda of the government on the pretext of development. The public have had to encounter such ordeals due to the direct orders and arbitrary moves by the Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.
The water supply has been resumed by now. However, the people had to undergo the ordeal for more than 60 hours.