The newly revitalized road network and newly constructed Engineer's Office, vehicle hanger and improved drainage facilities completed in the Dehiwala-Mt. Lavinia Municipal Council area were vested with the public at a function held at Attidiya Grounds on 25th June by Minister of Labour and Labour Relations Gamini Lokuge in the presence of Secretary Defence and Urban Development Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
These public infrastructure facilities were implemented under the Metro Colombo Urban Development Project at a cost of Rs.452 million. The Metro Colombo Urban Development Project is a key urban regeneration project of the Ministry of Defence and urban development, supported by a concessionary loan from the World Bank. The US $ 223 million project aims at flood retention and improved priority infrastructure and services within the Metro Colombo region.
Mr. Rajapaksa inspected the newly developed roads at Capt. Sumudu Rajapaksa Mawatha before opening the new vehicle hanger. Twenty two roads have been upgraded with new asphalting and improved flood water drains and drainage facilities, pavements and road signs for better road use and pedestrian safety.
New drainage systems were built for fifteen roads. In addition, two water supply lines were also developed in Ratmalana area under the project. Drainage networks at the Sri Lanka Transport Board Ratmalana Depot and at Dharmarama road have also been rehabilitated to reduce flooding during monsoons. The new Engineers Office and heavy vehicle hanger will ease maintenance facilities of the road and drainage network.