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Rathupaswala Water Issue Remains

2013 Dec 30

Rathupaswala, Weliweriya water issue is yet to be resolved, Venerable Theripaha Siridhamma Thera of the Rathupaswala Galoluwa Sri Sambuddha Jayanthi Vihara told The Sunday Leader.

He said that while the factory which was believed to have been the source of the water contamination issue is being relocated and the authorities have laid pipelines, the people in the area are unable to pay for the water.

According to the thera, the people in the area did not ask for any compensation for the damage done by the factory but only requested access to clean drinking water which he says is a fundamental human right.

However, he added that the government had not been able to address the core issue.

He said, “If the issue is not being addressed in near future, we will have to continue our fight.

This issue will decide whether the government will win people by votes or by giving proper access to drinking water.” (WK)

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