The following decisions were taken by the Cabinet at its meeting held on February 01, 2012.
Accelerated Urban Development Programme for Matara
On a proposal made by the President, as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development, the Cabinet decided to implement number of development programmes in Matara inclusive of the construction of Convention Hal.
Matara Municipal Council area has been declared as an Urban Development Area under the Urban Development Authority. Accordingly,
Development of Nilwala Riverside Park; and, Development of Urban Forest will also be carried out at a cost of Rs 108 million. 2.75 acres of private land identified for the project will be acquired.
MoU with the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service on Cooperative Bio security Initiatives
The Cabinet granted approval to sign a MOU between Sri Lanka and Australia on co-operation for Bio security initiatives.
The above MOU will facilitate the training of Quarantine Officers of the Ministry of Agriculture and treatment providers of the Private Sector, through providing required skills on Methyl Bromide fumigation.
Spot fine against motorists contravening Seat Belt Regulations
The cabinet gave its approval to amend Section 157 A( 4) of the Motor Traffic Act, to enable spot fines to be 'imposed in similar manner, against drivers and passengers traveling in the front seat of vehicles who contravene the seat belt Regulations.
In keeping with the provisions of the Motor Traffic Act, Regulations pertaining to violation of seat belt provide, after a summary trial in a Court of Law, for the imposition of a fine not less than Rs.1000/- and not exceeding Rs.2000/- on the first occasion, a fine not less Rs.2000/- and not exceeding Rs.3000/- on the second occasion, and a fine not exceeding Rs.3, 500/- and cancellation of the driving license on the third occasion, on conviction after a summary trial in a Court of Law.
USD 213 million Assistance from IBRD of World Bank
The proposal made by the President, as the Minister of Finance and Planning, to conduct negotiations with International Bank for Reconstruction & Development (IBRB) of the World Bank to obtain financial assistance in a sum of US $213 million for the implementation of the Metro Colombo Urban Development Project was approved by the Cabinet.
The objective of the project is to reduce adverse physical and socio- economic impact of flooding in the Colombo Metropolitan Area and to improve the overall capacity of land use and economic activities in the Colombo Metropolitan Area.
It is expected to commence project activities by the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development in April 2012 and to be completed within three (03) years.