Rs.1000 million for Colombo Flood Mitigation Project

Rs.1000 million for Colombo Flood Mitigation Project

October 19, 2012   01:49 pm

The Cabinet has decided to allocate Rs. 1,000 million to proceed with the special flood control work programme in Colombo, initiated by the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation for the year 2012.

The Colombo Metropolitan Region is highly vulnerable to the effects of floods and on the direction of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, the SLLR&DC has initiated several urgent short term measures to mitigate flood in and around Colombo.

Water retention facilities around the Water’s Edge, Diyawanna Garden and at the lake at Sadaham Sevana of Gothami Road Colombo is to be widened with dredging and drainage improvement.

These projects include cleaning of existing canal system, dredging of flood retention areas, creating water retention lakes and controlling haphazard filling of low lying lands etc.

Medium Term flood mitigatory measures have also been identified and implementation of these measures will be carried out under the Metro Colombo Urban Development Project.

The proposal was made by the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development.

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