The Cabinet has granted approval to allocate Rs.1000 million to proceed with the special flood control work program for the year 2012 initiated by the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation & Development Corporation under the direction of Secretary Defence & Urban Development.
The government launched an ambitious program of economic and physical regeneration for metropolitan Colombo in a bid to transform it into a modern, world-class capital. This program aims to improve the overall urban environment and attract private capital.
On the direction of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation has initiated several urgent short term measures to mitigate flood in and around Colombo. Water retention facilities around the Water’s Edge, Diyawanna Garden and at the lake at Sadaham Sevana of Gothami Rd Colombo will also be widened with dredging and drainage improvement. These projects will included cleaning of existing canal system, dredging of flood retention areas, creating water retention lakes and controlling haphazard filling of low lying lands etc.
Also identified Medium Term flood mitigatory measures will be carried out under the Metro Colombo Urban Development
The proposal made by the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development, the Cabinet decided to allocate Rs 1000 million to proceed with the special flood control work programme initiated by the SLLR & DC for the year 2012.