The Water Supply and Drainage Board which was under Minister Dinesh Gunawardene has been slyly and deceitfully taken over by the Secretary of Defense & Urban Development Gotabhaya Rajapaksa while it is still under Dinesh Gunawardene say reports.
At a meeting held under the Secretary to the Ministry of Finance D.B. Jayasundara it had been proposed to take a massive loan from state banks. Then Chairman of the Water Supply and Drainage Board opposing the proposal had said the Board would not be able to bear such a massive loan.
However, in April the Chairman was suddenly taken away from the Board and it was handed over to the Chairman of Road Development Board R.W. Ranjith Premasiri.
The Road Development Board is under the Ministry of Defense & Urban Development and the Water Supply and Drainage Board now has to implement the orders of the Secretary to the Ministry Gotabhaya Rajapaksa say reports. The recent 72 hour stoppage of water supply to many parts of Colombo was a result of this change say reports.
The money obtained from loans is to be used for propaganda for the presidential elections to be held next year say sources.