The Ministry of Defence and Urban Development will launch a mega project today to transform Colombo into a 'Garden city of the East'.
The Metro Colombo Urban Development Project (MCUDP), financed by a concessionary loan to the amount of US$ 213 million aims to reduce flood risks, improve urban infrastructure and services, develop road network and environment in Colombo and suburbs.
The five-year project consists of two components - flood and drainage management and institutional strengthening for sustainable metropolitan and local infrastructure and service provision and implementation support.
The firs component will focus on improvements to main canals and lakes, improvements to secondary canals, improvements and rehabilitation to storm water drainage, road improvements and other social and physical infrastructure.
The second component aims at strengthening institutional capacity at metropolitan and local level and support project implementation.
The Project aims to reduce flooding in the catchment of the Colombo Water Basin, and support local authorities in the Colombo Metropolitan Area to rehabilitate, improve and manage local infrastructures and services.
The flood mitigation measures under this Project are estimated to benefit some 220,000 people across the metro Colombo area.
Colombo Vihara Maha Devi Park will also be renovated and beautified under this project.
The Project will be implemented Colombo, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, and Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte Municipal Councils and Kolonnawa Urban Council. The Land Reclamation and Development Corporation is to extend its support for the project.
Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Roshan Seneviratne has said that the relevant agreements have already been signed and the Ministry expects to complete the programme within 3 years.