Action is afoot to build ten new tanks in and around Colombo to absorb flood waters, at a cost of Rs.400 million.
Accordingly, five tanks are being dug at Rampalawatta at Pelawatta, Talawathugoda, Heen Ela at Kirimandala Mawatha in Narahenpita, Peliyagoda and at Diyawannawa near Waters Edge, under the first phase of the project.
The five tanks, currently being built is expected to be completed by the middle of this year and work in Rampalawatte, and Peliyagoda premises is nearing completion, said the Chairman of Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (LRDC) Mr. Harshan de Silva.
Already, 50 percent of the construction work of Rampalawatte tank has been completed. The 24 acre Rampalawatte tank would hold 65,000 cubic metres of water. Construction of the Peliyagoda tank is also continuing apace with 70 percent of the work completed. This tank is being built in an eight acre marshy land near the new fish market.
The construction of the 23 acre Talawatugoda tank is also in progress. It is expected to be completed in the next few months. Heen Ela tank project is considered as a vital construction since it can hold a large quantity of water. This tank will be constructed on as 54 acre land. The Diyawannawa tank is being built by widening the Diyawanna Oya. The tank is spread over 44 acres.
The Diyawannawa tank would prevent the Parliament complex from getting flooded, Mr. De Silva said.
According to the Chairman, the Peliyagoda tank would prevent floods in the Gampaha district which was another area badly affected by the recent deluge.