Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka says two tunnels are currently being built in the Colombo City area to help with flood control.
The projects are funded with World Bank aid.
The minister made these remarks as he presented the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (Amendment) Bill in Parliament yesterday (19).
Ranawaka further said that one tunnel is in the Colombo North area and the other is from Independence Square to Bambalapitiya.
He added that an area of 160 hectares will be reclaimed from the sea along the coastline from Kollupitiya to Dehiwala for this purpose.
One tunnel is from the Kinsey Road area and the other is from Devi Balika Vidyalaya through the Borella Cemetery.
As a further flood control measure the minister said that they are in the process of establishing three pumping stations remove flood water when the Kelani River water level rises in Nagalaganweediya, St. Bastian’s and Kaduwela areas.
“We are also streamlining the water transport system from Nugegoda to Kesbewa, which has achieved positive results. The Piliyandala, Boralesgamuwa areas no longer go under water during heavy rains. For the second stage of this project, we have chosen the Kolonnawa area, while in the third stage we will focus on the Peliyagoda and Wattala areas.” said the minister.
The Minister noted that under the Megapolis Ministry, the Beira Lake and surrounding areas have also been developed. “In the Beira Lake project, we have relocated the shanty dwellers by providing them with proper housing,” he added
“By next year, we intend to establish a pumping station near the Presidential Secretariat to pump out the polluted water from the Beira Lake. I can proudly say that this project is being done entirely with the expertise of our local engineers,” Ranawaka said.