On the occasion of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister’s visit to Japan, the Exchange of Notes for the three development projects amounting to 45.7 billion Japanese Yen (approximately Rs. 61.3 billion) were signed on April 12, 2017 in Tokyo between H.E. Mr. Kenichi Suganuma, Ambassador of Japan on behalf of the Government of Japan and H.E. Prof. Dhamika Ganganath Dissanayake, Ambassador of Sri Lanka on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka in the presence of H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister, and Hon. Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe. The signed projects were Kalu Ganga Water Supply Expansion Project (I), Rural Infrastructure Development Project in Emerging Regions and Trincomalee Port Development Programme, to facilitate social and economic development of Sri Lanka in line with its development agenda.
i.Kalu Ganga Water Supply Expansion Project (I): Japanese Yen 31.8 billion (approximately Rs. 43 billion) concessional Yen Loan will be provided for improving the accessibility to safe drinking water through the expansion of Kalu Ganga Water Supply System by adding the capacity of 140,000 m3/d to the system and restructuring water distribution networks in the Southern area of the Western Province. The Government of Japan previously supported the Stage I and Stage II of the Kalu Ganga Water Supply Project (Phase I) by adding the capacity of 120,000 m3/d to the water supply system in the Western Province.
ii.Rural Infrastructure Development Project in Emerging Regions : Japanese Yen 12.9 billion (approximately Rs. 17 billion) concessional Yen Loan will be provided to upgrade over 400 rural roads, small and medium irrigation facilities and community water supply systems in Northern, Eastern, North Central and Uva provinces. The project as a whole will enhance the livelihood and improve living standards of the people in the regions.
iii.Trincomalee Port Development Programme : Japanese Yen 1 billion (approximately Rs. 1.3 billion) grant will be provided to procure the products such as mooring buoy and vessel, light bouy, automatic identification system and lights, which are all manufactured by Japanese enterprises to improve the facilities at the Tricomalee Port in order to enhance its daily port operations.