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Minister Chamal Rajapaksa inaugurates refurbished water supply scheme at Walasmulla District Hospital

Sunil C. Perera in Sri Lanka

Colombo, 04 August, (Asiantribune.com): Minister of Ports and Aviation and Irrigation and Water Management Chamal Rajapaksa participating as the chief guest at the inauguration ceremony of the Refurbished Water Supply Scheme at the Walasmulla Hospital commended the efforts of the Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka and Bioforce Development Institute of France for facilitating the completion of the project within a short span of four months. Minister Chamal Rajapaksa thanked the people of Grand Lyon of France for providing the necessary finances.Minister Chamal Rajapaksa thanked the people of Grand Lyon of France for providing the necessary finances.

Speaking on behalf of the people of Walasmulla and himself, Minister Rajapaksa thanked the people of Grand Lyon of France for providing the necessary finances. He also appreciated the personal presence of Madam Claude Lardy, President and Mr. Benoit Silve, Director General of Bioforce Development Institute of France and Mr. Guy Peyretti, Deputy Director of Grand Lyon and thanked them for their participation at the inauguration ceremony.

The Minister added that to upgrade the water supply scheme of the Walasmulla Hospital on 48 occasions both local and foreign experts and representatives visited Walasmulla Hospital, but very little progress was made. In that context he specially thanked Mr. Dakshitha Thalgodapitiya, CEO/Secretary general of the Chamber of Construction Industry for readily accepting the challenging role of the facilitator and for completion of the project in a very short period of time.

Minister Rajapaksa also remembered with gratitude Mr. Alain Joly, Vice President of Grand Lyon who offered the financial support for refurbishment of the water supply scheme at Walasmulla Hospital during a meeting he had with President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he was the Prime Minister in the year 2004. Minister Rajapaksa stated that Walasmulla Hospital is one of the oldest in the Southern Province and serves the needs of nearly 100,000 people.

Refurbishment of the Water Supply Scheme including provision of a purification plant has satisfied a long felt need. He also expressed the hope that Grand Lyon – Bioforce – CCI partnership will also look into some of the other problems Walasmulla Hospital are facing attaching highest priority to installation of a sewerage scheme, a waste water disposal system and solid waste disposal. Referring to the speech of Mr. Thalgodapitiya, Minister Rajapaksa also invited CCI Bioforce partnership to undertake training of construction craftsmen in the Hambantota district.

Mr. Dakshitha Thalgodapitiya CEO/Secretary General of the Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka stated he considers that the opportunity given to serve the people of Walasmulla by associating his Chamber and himself in the refurbishment of the water supply scheme as a good fortune and assured his cooperation to satisfy the prioritized needs of Walasmulla hospital. Further he stated that the Chamber of Construction industry Sri Lanka in its capacity as the apex body of the construction industry is happy to be in partnership with Bioforce Institute of France which is mandated to create best practices through humanitarian staff training. Partnering this unique organization in Europe the Chamber of Construction Industry has established construction training centres in the districts of Galle and Matara and a third centre will be inaugurated on Saturday the 28th at Kalutara by Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Construction and Engineering Services

He also added that the Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka has already commenced a construction craftsmen training centre at Thamaduwa in Beliatta electorate which is only which is only 15 minutes away from the Hospital. This centre is operated in association with the Southern Development Authority who have provided buildings and infrastructure with a firm commitment to provide the required number of trainees as well. Responding to the request made by Minister Chamal Rajapaksa Mr. Thalgodapitiya expressed the hope that establishing construction craftsmen training centres in the district of Hambantota will be aggressively pursued with the Chambers development partners including Bioforce Institute of France.

He also stated that a comprehensive programme is drawn by his Chamber in association with the Ministry of Construction and Engineering Services as an endeavour to achieve training of 100,000 construction craftsmen as spelled out by President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the “Mahinda Chinthanaya”.

He thanked the President of Bioforce Madam Claude Lardy and Mr. Benoit Silve, Director General for their personal presence at the inauguration ceremony and appealed to Grand Lyon for continued support.

Madam Claude Lardy, President of Bioforce, speaking in French expressed her great satisfaction for giving her organization and herself the opportunity to associate themselves with a charitable cause in the rural sector of Sri Lanka and assured their continued support on humanitarian projects. She also thanked the Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka for their role as an effective facilitator.

Mr. Guy Peyretti representing the Donor Grand Lyon was equally appreciative of the cooperation they received from Bioforce, it’s development partner in Sri Lanka – the Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka and medical officers and the staff of the Walasmulla Hospital for the support extended to accomplish this task during a short period of time.

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