Officers of the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) have commenced three special projects to mitigate landslide vulnerabilities with the funding support of international agencies, NBRO Landslide Research and Risk Management Division Head R. M.S. Bandara told the Daily News yesterday. He said the World Bank through the Road Development Authority (RDA) has funded an approximately USD 26 million project to mitigate landslide vulnerabilities close to main roads.
Bandara said 20 locations, including several areas in the Mahiyangana road and Nuwara Eliya-Badulla road have been identified under the project to prevent possible landslides.
He said feasibility reports, Geo-technical testing and other evaluations have now been carried out, adding that the project work would commence by the end of this year. He said the project will conclude in three years.
Bandara said the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has funded another landslide mitigation project carried out by the NBRO with the coordination of the RDA in A1 roads in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Matale districts.
He said six major landslide prone areas have been identified to mitigate landslide vulnerabilities under this project. The project is to be completed by 2017. Bandara said the JICA also agreed to fund the landslide mitigation work at another 11 minor landslide prone areas in Ratnapura, Kegalle and Haldummulla etc.
He said another landslide mitigation project would be carried out in 19 locations in Kandy with the funding support of USD 7 million by the World Bank.