Sri Lanka is poised for a rapid development drive it is necessary to ensure that the on-going development efforts are both balanced and sustainable in the long term, Defence and Urban Development Ministry Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said.
He said there was massive investment potential from creating and maintaining greener, cleaner cities with more public open spaces for people to enjoy, and by improving the infrastructure available within urban spaces.
He made this observation as the Chief Guest at the annual sessions of the Institute of Environmental Professionals, Sri Lanka, at Water’s Edge under the theme of Urban Regeneration and Environmental Balance.
The IEPSL has a role to play in enhancing the capability of Environmental Professionals to professionally assess and make insightful recommendations in this regard as economic development should go hand in hand with social welfare and environmental conservation he added.
The many projects undertaken over the last three years and the five year long Metro Colombo Urban Development Project addresses a number of issues that have long plagued the city, he said.
It will address flooding, drainage issues including its micro drainage channels, primary and secondary canals and lakes and they will be improved. The long neglected Beira Lake will be completely rehabilitated. He said pollution caused by unauthorized settlements and buildings will be addressed.
“Once the project is completed, the Beira Lake will be transformed from its present state to a worthy centrepiece for a revitalized city,” the Defence Secretary said.
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