The government will take measures to provide relief to the families to be displaced due to the implementation of a Rs. 13 billion project to manage the drainage of storm water in the capital city of Colombo.
Preliminary works of the Weras Ganga Storm Water Drainage and Environmental Improvement Project have commenced and the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development has sought and received the approval of the Cabinet to compensate the families to be affected by the project.
The five-year project to be implemented in two phases will manage the draining of storm water and prevent the frequent flooding of the island's capital Colombo and its suburbs during heavy rains.
The area where the Weras Ganga basin situated is characterized as one of the fast growing areas in the Colombo Metropolitan Region. Since there is no proper drainage system the basin has been subjected to heavy flood during most of the time of the year.
Under the Phase I of the project development of Nugegoda Rattanapitiya Ela, Boralesgamuwa North and South Canals, Maha Ela, Dredging of Weras Ganga and improvement of drainage system of Bolgoda marsh will take place at an estimated cost of Rs. 8 billion. Phase I is expected to be completed in three years.
Sri Lanka has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China Machinery Equipment Corporation (CMEC) for the construction work.