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First phase of WB climate change project under scrutiny

The government and the World Bank (WB) are jointly preparing the first phase of the Climate Resilience Multi-Phased Project which will, among other activities, finance the construction of flood protection works in the lower Kelani River basin, in between the existing Hanwella bridge and Kaduwela bridge.

The government considers this phase of the project, as well as the other two phases that would follow, as national priority programmes to protect the people, their livelihoods and infrastructure in the lower Kelani basin, from frequent flooding.

The World Bank has planned to conduct a formal appraisal of the project design jointly with government officials, for identifying any lapses in the proposed programme. The approval would require an in-depth assessment of the quality and adequacy of various aspects of the project design, among which the estimated cost of the investment would be a major focus.

The objectives are building flood embankments along both banks of the Kelani river, flood protection works for tributaries, including pumps and pump houses, gates and limited embankments, flood-proofing works for selected properties, and local drainage improvements in tributary areas including riverbank erosion, protection works and river training works for the main river. The other item is the replacement of the existing salinity barrier with a new gated structure at the Ambatale water purification complex area.

It is learned that the Climate Resilience Multi-Phased Project would be extended on priority basis to Attangalle Oya, Gin Ganga, Nilwala Ganga, Mahaweli River and Malwathu Oya river basins.

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