Water Resources Board (Amendment)

Link to law: http://www.lawnet.lk/process.php?st=1999Y0V0C42A&hword=%27%27&path=2
Published: 1999

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Water Resources Board (Amendment)
Water Resources Board (Amendment)




AN ACT TO AMEND THE WATER RESOURCES BOARD ACT, NO. 29 OF 1964








BE it enacted by the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as follows :-



[30th November

, 1999 ]













Short title.



1. This Act may be cited as the Water Resources Board (Amendment) Act, No. 42 of 1999.



Replacement of Section 12 of Act, No. 29 of 1964.



2. Section 12 of the Water Resources Board Act, No. 29 of 1964 (hereinafter referred to as the "principal enactment") is hereby repealed and the following section substituted therefor :-







"Duties of the Board.



12.







(1) It shaIl be the duty of the Board to advise the Minister on the following matters, and on any other matter that is referred to the Board for advice by the Minister :-




(a) the control, regulation and development (including the conservation and utilization), of the water resources of the country;



(b) the prevention of the pollution of

rivers, streams and other water

resources;



(c) the formulation of national

policies relating to the control and

use of the water resources of the

country, with the following

objectives in view :-




(i) the multi-purpose

development and use of

water resources;



(ii) the short-term and long-term

provision of water resources

for domestic supplies and

industrial supplies;



(iii) the control of salinity;



(iv) any other like objective;



(d) the preparation of comprehensive and

integrated plans for the conservation,

utilization, control and development

of the groundwater resources of the

country;



(e) the co-ordination of the activities of

government departments, local

authorities and public corporations,

in regard to surveys of basic data and

other investigations, rclati ng to

hydrogeology;



(f) the analysis of reports based on

investigations, statistical surveys,

plans and proposals relating to the

ground water resources of the country

made by government departments,

local authorities and public

corporations;



(g) the co-ordination of projects

undertaken by government

departments, local authorities and

public corporations, relating to the

conservation, utilization and

development of the subterranean

water resources of the country, and

the assessment of the possibilities,

benefits and economic feasibility of

such projects;



(h) any other suitable measures to be

taken by the Government for the

proper control and economic use

of groundwater.



(2) The Board may undertake such

investigations and surveys as would enable it to

collect the data and information necessary to

advise the Minister on the matters specified in

subsection (1) of this section.



(3) The Board may carry out such other

activities, for payment or otherwise, as would

enable it to effectually perform its duties under

subsection (1) of this section. The activitics

which the Board may carry out shall

include the following :-




(a) carrying out of feasibility studies on the

availability of ground water rcsources ;



(b) carrying out of hydrogeological

invcstigations to identi fy ground water

sites for deep tube wells and agro wells;



(c) the construction of tube wells in a

scientific manner to enable the

extraction of groundwater for domestic,

agricultural and industrial purposes;



(d) the drilling of bore holes to investigate

the sub surface strata.".



Amendment of section 14 of the principal enactment .



3. Section 14 of the principal enactment is hereby amended by the repeal of subsection (1) of that section and the substitution therefor of the following subsection :-







"(1) There shall be Committee which shall be called the "Inter-department Advisory Committee to the Water Resources Board" (hereinafter referred to as the "Advisory Committee") consisting of -



(a) the Secretary to the Ministry of the Minister to whom the Water Resources Board has been assigned;



(b) The Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Minister to whom the Water Resources Board has been assigned;





(c) The Secretary to the Ministry of Minister to whom the subject of Health has been assigned or his nominee;



(d) The Secretary to the Ministry of Minister to whom the subject of Indigenous Medicine has been assigned or his nominee;



(e) The Secretary to the Ministry of the Minister to whom the subject of Local Government has been assigned or his nominee;



(f) The Secretary to the Ministry of the Minister to whom the subject of Provincial Councils has been assigned or his nominee;



(g) The Director-General of Irrigation;



(h) The Chairman, of the Ceylon Electricity Board established by the Ceylon Electricity Board Act, No. 17 of 1969 ;



(i) The Chairman , of the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau established by the Mines and Minerals Act, No. 33 of 1992 ;



(j) The Director-General of the Department of Agriculture;



(k) The Land Commissioner;



(I) The Surveyor-General;



(m) The Commissioner of Agrarian Services;



(n) The Director-General of the Department of National Planning;



(o) The Chairman, of the National Water Supply and Drainage Board established by the National Water Supply and Drainage Board Act, No .2 of 1974 ;



(p) The Conservator of Forests;



(q) The Chairman, of the Road Development Authority, established by the Road Development Authority Act, No. 73 of 1981 or his nominee; and



(r) The General Manager, Sri Lanka Railways.".







4. Section 20 of the principal enactment is hereby amended in subsection (1) of that section, by the substitution for the words "five hundred rupees" of the words "five thousand rupees".



Amendment of section 20 of the principal enactment .



5. Section 21 of the principal enactment is hereby amended as follows :-





(a) by the substitution for the definition of the expression "local authority" of the following definition :-



"local authority" means any Municipal Council, Urban Council or Pradeshiya Sabha and includes any other authority created or established by or under any law to exercise, discharge and perform powers, functions and duties corresponding to or similar to, the powers, duties and junctions exercised, performed and discharged by any such Council or Sabha;": and



(b) by the substitution in the definition of the expression "Local Government Service ", for the words "Local Government Service Ordinance", of the words "Local Government services Act, No. 16 of 1974".



Amendment of certain provisions of the principal enactment.



6.The principal enactment is hereby amended in the provision specified in Column I of the schedule to this act by the substitution for the word or expression specified in the corresponding entry in Column II of that schedule of the word or expression specified in the corresponding entry in the Column III of that Schedule.



Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.



7. In the event of any inconsistency between the Sinhala and Tamil texts of this Act, the Sinhala text shall prevail.



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