The Government has launched a mega project to transform Colombo into the 'Garden city of the Eastí, aiming to reduce flood risks, improve urban infrastructure and services, develop the road network and environment in Colombo and suburbs.
The Metro Colombo Urban Development Project (MCUDP), carried out by the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development consists of flood and drainage management, institutional strengthening for sustainable metropolitan development, local infrastructure development, service provision and implementation support.
The first phase of the project will focus on improvements to the main canals and lakes, improvements to secondary canals, improvements and rehabilitation to storm water drainage, road and other social and physical infrastructure improvements.
The second phase 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 in 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.