Development in Gampaha:
More funds for rural areas
The Government has allocated Rs. 267,830,000 for 2009 to cater to the
needs and provide infrastructure facilities for the increasing
population and rapid urbanisation in the Gampaha district.
The unique feature when allocating funds in divisional-wise is that
more attention has been drawn to accelerate development programs in
The Mirigama division which is an agricultural base is to get the
maximum allocation amounting to Rs. 31,750,000.
Asked what programs are on line to be implemented in 2009 to meet the
massive development programs needed to meet the ever increasing
population and urbanisation in Gampaha, District Secretary P.A.
Abeysekera said, "A series of discussions had been conducted as to how
the development programs can be conducted expeditiously with the 13
Pradeshiya Sabha Secretaries and Seven Chairmen of those Sabhas. They
submitted reports denoting the projects which need remedial measures
with immediate effect. The proposed projects include infrastructure
facilities, drinking water, sanitary, irrigation and self-employment.
"Since the Gampaha District is an agriculture base, the farmers need
water, manure and an easy market for their produce."
With the funds allocated, those needs could be met quite easily since
public officers' ready contribution and community participation is
abundant, he said.
Rs. 16,416 million will also flow under the decentralised budget,
line ministries, Provincial Councils, Local Government bodies, foreign
assistance, statutory bodies and Gama Neguma. Under the Gampaha District
Project Implementation Program for agriculture and fresh water fishing
projects it is earmarked to spend Rs. 800 million in 2009 and for
infrastructure facilities in export processing zones in the district of
Rs. 104 million had been allocated, Abeysekera said.
He said plans are afoot to implement more than one project to cover
all the 13 Pradeshiya Sabhas.