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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2962

Grand Lyon offers further assistance to Sri Lanka

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 07 December, ( A leading French Community organization -Grand Lyon plans to further assist Sri Lankan community projects and said the organization is willing to complete the second phase of the Walasmulla Hospital which assists to installation of sewage and surface drainage systems and collection and disposal of solid and toxic waste.Mr.Dakshitha Talgodapitiya, Alain Joly and Tima Lazarus addressing the press conferenceMr.Dakshitha Talgodapitiya, Alain Joly and Tima Lazarus addressing the press conference

This project is expected to be commenced immediately by the Technical Division of the Chamber of Construction industry Sri Lanka, said Vice President of the Grand Lyon Mr. Alain Joly.

Speaking to media he said the Grandlyon will also undertake a community based water and sanitation Management project in the Hatton area to supply water to 115 families and a School in the plantation sector.

Honoring a pledge made to President Mahinda Rajapakse, then Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, by Alain Joly, Vice President of Grand Lyon assisted to fund the Refurbishment of the Water Supply Scheme at the Walasmulla District Hospital which included the provision of a purification plant. The project, which was carried out as a gift from the people of Grand Lyon of France, was inaugurated on 25th July 2007 by Chamal Rajapakse, Minister of Ports and Aviation and Irrigation and Water Management in the Company of Madam Claude Lardy, President of Bioforce, France and Mr. Guy Peyretti, Deputy Director General of Grand Lyon.

Grandlyon , with an Annual budget of 1.5 Billion Euros , oversees Water, waste ,Traffic management among it’s activities, for the City of Lyon and 55 surrounding smaller towns with a total population of 1.7 million .

This project was executed by the Chamber of Construction Industry as a part of it’s CSR initiative in association with the Chamber's Development Partner, Bioforce Development Institute of France, within a short span of four months.

Having completed the upgrade of the water supply scheme, Mr. Alain Joly visited Walasmulla Hospital on last week in the company of Mr. Dakshitha Thalgodapitiya, CEO/Secretary General of the Chamber of Construction Industry to personally identify further needs of the hospital and has now sought the assistance of the Construction Chamber to undertake a project involving refurbishment of sewage and drainage systems and installation of appropriate methods for collection and disposal of solid and toxic wastes.

Walasmulla District Hospital, situated in the Hambantota District, has been in existence for over 100 years and caters to the Medical Needs of over 100,000 persons. The proposed project is designed to eliminate contamination of ground water and will put an end to open solid and toxic waste dumps and release of sewage, fecal matter, foul and waste water without proper treatment, which has been a cause for concern. Efforts of Grand Lyon to improve the overall hygiene and environment of Walasmulla Hospital were discussed with Minister Chamal Rajapakse, who was visited by Mr. Alain Joly in the company of Grand Lyon’s local representatives Mr. Tima Lazarus, Ms.Shriani Rambukwella and Mr. Thalgodapitiya on Wednesday morning.

Minister Rajapakse while thanking Mr. Alain Joly for his personal commitment and humanitarian efforts, expressed his appreciation to Grand Lyon and the Chamber of Construction Industry for their contribution.

During the discussions, Minister Rajapakse emphasized the need to provide capacity development of the hospital to undertake an effective maintenance programme to ensure accrual of real benefits on the substantial investment made by Grand Lyon and the efforts of the Construction Chamber in execution of the project. He also requested Grand Lyon - Bioforce CCI Partnership to visit Walasmulla on a regular basis to monitor the progress of the Project and assess the needs of the hospital, while assuring his personal participation and intervention.

On behalf of President Rajapakse, the Government of Sri Lanka and the people of Walasmulla, the Minister conveyed his gratitude to grand Lyon and the Construction Chamber for taking the initiative and looked forward to a long term association to improve the quality of life of the people in the area.

Minister was also very appreciative of the Construction Chamber's efforts to train construction craftsmen by establishing a centre at Thamaduwa, a few kilometers away from the Walasmulla Hospital.

Walasmulla District Hospital is now being upgraded to the status of a base hospital. Technical Studies for installation of sewage and surface drainage systems and collection and disposal of solid and toxic waste are expected to be commenced immediately by the Technical Division of the Chamber of Construction industry Sri Lanka.

According to the sources, Mr.Joly also paid a courtesy call on, Michel Lummux, the French Ambassador for Sri Lanka & The Maldives.

- Asian Tribune -

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