Ministry, CMC join hands to improve Greater Colombo sewerage system
Water Supply and Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and Colombo
Mayor A. J. M. Musammil joined hands to improve the Greater Colombo
sewerage system which is over a hundred years old, a ministry spokesman
The Colombo sewerage and waste water management system is being
attended to by the National Water Supply and Drainage Board and the
Colombo Municipal Council.
A programme was launched under the leadership of Water Supply and
Drainage Minister Dinesh Gunawardana at the Parliamentary complex on May
10 to improve the Greater Colombo sewerage system.
It has been estimated the total coast of this project will be Rs.
12,815 million. The Asian Development Bank will provide Rs 11,000
million and the government will provide Rs. 1815 million with further
assistance in the pipeline.
The projects will cover the Colombo Municipal area and parts of
Dehiwala/Mt. Lavinia and Kotte Municipalities and part of Kolonnawa
Urban Council area, he said. The Colombo Sewerage and Waste Water System
is over a hundred years old. Therefore it is in need of extensive
improvement. As the system is very old its operational system fails
often and improvements have to be effected.
The existing system cannot cope with the population increase and
affects the proper sanitation of city dwellers, he said.
It was emphasised that the leading institutions should get together
and jointly effect the maintenance and modernization activates. It was
also decided to proceed with all activities in accordance with a set
time frame by the Water Supply and Drainage Ministry.
The Colombo Municipal Council and National Water Supply and Drainage
Board are the main participants of this joint venture together with
other institutions which have willingly consented to join them in the