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SRI LANKA-Advantage Colombo

such as interest rates and cyclical conditions in the industrial world, over which the LDCs have no control. MAHARASHTRA Watery Thoughts THE Maharashtra government says it has decided to give top priority to solving the drinking water shortage in the state. The decision to create a separate ministry to deal with the subject has been announced. The government has also issued a white paper which proclaims the government's resolve to end the present pro-urban bias in the distribution of drinking water. Excess water from major irrigation projects like Jayakwadi in Marathwada and Ujni in western Maharashtra is proposed to be released to meet rural drinking water needs. The government has also decided to do away with the condition that municipal water supply schemes must raise 10 per cent of their cost by way of public contribution because of which many such schemes remain pending. Instead the government will provide the amount as loan. According to the white paper, the state government proposes to spend Rs 6,700 crore over the next five years on solving the drinking water problem in about 40,000 villages.

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