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‘Colombo upgrade happening’

A major transformation is now taking place in the Colombo landscape thanks to the World Bank and all others who contribute towards it. This transformation is taking place in all three spheres - underground, ground level, as well as the airspace, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawakasaid.

The Minister was addressing a meeting after inaugurating the constructions work on the St. Sebastian Southern Pump House in Colombo recently.

This is an automatic pump house with two pumps with a capacity of 10 cubic metres and 5 cubic metres per second respectively.

The minister said this pump house would reduce flooding in Colombo during heavy rains by pumping floodwaters to Beira Lake to be released to the sea through its gates. The project which would take 17 months to complete would be a great boon to residents in Colombo city, Keselwatta, Maligawatta, Hulftsdorp and surrounding areas.

The minister said Colombo is a city situated below sea level. Surrounded by the Kelani Ganga, Beira Lake and a canal network, Colombo has to face flood threats. The Beira Lake was a creation of the Dutch who created a systematic water retention framework.

The Minister said past rulers who undertook a beautification programme in Colombo by building pavements and carpeting roads failed to change the internal network. No scientific attention was given for a proper waste management system.

“As a result, Colombo city had to face problems during heavy rains. During the 2012- 2013 period, the Land Reclamation and Development Corporation built some reservoirs which helped to control floods to some extent. Now, they are engaged in implementing the second stage of this programme more methodically. They are in the process of building a series of pump houses in Ambatale, Kolonnawa, Kaduwela and the Diyawanna area. A very significant pump house is being built at Nagalagam Street. The LRDC is in the process of cleaning wastewater and silt in the Beira Lake,” the Minister said.

“The programme would also include the construction of several tunnel ways across Colombo, Colombo North and Colombo South areas. A system of underground drains has been built in the Borella area. The LRDC had now been strengthened financially, technologically and engineerically. The commercial zone around the Beira Lake, a light rail network and a scientific garbage dump are being set up in Colombo city. A system has also been set up to burn and destroy clinical waste scientifically in Colombo,” he said.

“The Manning Market would be shifted to a 25-acre plot in Peliyagoda by putting up new buildings. An area of 200 acres in Peliyagoda had been earmarked for development. The present location of Manning Market would be developed as a multi-modal transport hub,” Minister Ranawaka said.

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