Construction to Begin in Kandy Sewerage Project
“We will get the Kandy sewerage project off the ground soon,” said the Kandy Mayor Mahindra Ratwatte in an exclusive interview with The Kandy News when we went to see him to talk about Kandy's newest major construction project. This is a long awaited project that the Ministry of Irrigation and the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) initiated several years ago. It immediately ran into some public opposition from residents in the Bowala and Gannoruwa areas that the engineers selected to locate the sewerage treatment plant. That issue has been finally settled with a block of land in Gannoruwa that belongs to the Department of Agriculture chosen to locate the plant.
The total cost of the project is $170 million (Rs 22,000 million). Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is providing the funds under a twenty-year soft loan with an interest rate of 1%. The Kandy Municipal Council (KMC) is not required to provide any funding. However, it will play a major role in facilitating the construction of the system and will be responsible for its operations and maintenance. The tariff will be a new income stream for the Council.
The Parking Crisis in the Kandy Hospital
The lack of public parking at the Kandy Teaching Hospital (KTH) for patients and visitors has remained unresolved for over two decades and there appears to be little prospect of the situation improving in the near term, an investigation that The Kandy News conducted reveals. Although the employees, mainly doctors, have parking for their vehicles, the facilities are not adequate.
KTH is second only to the Colombo National Hospital in terms of bed strength and specialized clinics. The KTH director G.A Dissanayaka told The Kandy News that there are about 3,000 in-patients at KTH on any given day although as many as 700 (23%) are without beds and have to sleep on the floor. KTH conducts about thirty to thirty five specialist clinical sessions each day that attract about 6,000 patients, some of whom come from far away districts such as Ampara and Badulla.
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