By The Nation
He made the statement after a cabinet meeting at Government House today (January 7). This is part of the measures to deal with the drought situation gripping many provinces.
“We have requested an emergency budget for drilling 500 artesian wells to tackle the drought situation and solve the problem of water shortage,” he said.
“We will start drilling the wells immediately on receiving the money. The operation is expected to start tomorrow [January 8].”
The operation is being carried out under cooperation between various agencies such as the Department of Water Resources, the Interior Ministry and the Army.