The Cabinet yesterday approved the establishment of the Colombo Metropolitan City Corporation (CMCC) to assist the administration of five local government bodies in the capital city region.
These local government bodies are Colombo Municipal Council, Dehiwala-Mt Lavinia Municipal Council, Sri Jayewardenepura- Kotte Municipal Council, Kolonnawa Urban Council, and Kotikawatta- Mulleriyawa Pradeshiya Sabha.
The new corporation is to be established to streamline the local administration and to build their capacities and capabilities with required powers. However, the existing five local bodies will continue to function.
A City Governor appointed by the President will lead the City Corporation. All Heads and the Deputy Heads of the five local bodies and a nominated member from the opposition of each local authority will constitute the composition of this Corporation.
Twelve Advisory Committees comprising elected members of local bodies will also be set up to advice the Corporation.
This will enable the ruling and the opposition members equally play a participatory role in exercising the powers of the new Corporation in a more democratic manner.
The cabinet, acting on the Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Mr. A.L.M. Athaulla's proposal, has decided to instruct the Legal Draftsmen to prepare legislation for presentation in Parliament.