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President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the patriotic people of Uva have sacrificed immensely for the freedom and the sovereignty of the country placing the country above everything else. He also requested the people in the Uva province as they have always stood by the government, to grant a resounding victory for the UPFA in the forthcoming Provincial Council election to continue the development activities in the post conflict situation. He further said that victory in Uva will help to strengthen the march forward of the country.

The President expressed these remarks addressing a crowd present at the opening of the Madulla Multi-Purpose Trade Centre in Madulla, Dambagalla in the Bibile electorate on Sunday (31). The new multipurpose shopping complex will open a space for the local farmers to sell their products. The President inaugurated the first phase of the new commercial centre which was constructed at a cost of Rs: 25 million and the whole project is estimated to cost Rs:70 million. 

The President further noted that he had instructed the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa to start a project to desalinate sea water. He said Uva people have always faced numerous difficulties without pure drinking water and the shortage of water supply in the area for farming and therefore the government has placed its attention to initiate a project to supply purified sea water as is being done in Maldives, Middle East and in other countries.  He said this will bring relief to the people living in the drought stricken areas and such a programme would help the country to face any drought in the future. 

The public welcomed president with cheerful applauses.

Ministers Vijith Wijithamuni De Soyza, Mrs. Sumedha Jayasena, Nirmala Kothalawala, Felix Perera, Johnston Fernando, Mervin Silva, S.M.Chandrasena, Deputy Minister Sarath Weerasekara and Chief Minister of the North Central Province S.M Ranjith and party representatives of the province were present at the ceremony.

Pix by: Sudath Silva

 


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