These public infrastructure facilities were implemented at a cost of Rs. 452 million. The US $ 223 million Metro Colombo Urban Development Project, under a loan from the World Bank on concessionary rates, aims at flood retention and improved priority infrastructure and services within the Metro Colombo region.
Twenty two roads have been upgraded with new asphalting and improved flood water drains and drainage facilities, pavements and road signs for better road use and pedestrian safety together with new drainage systems for fifteen roads. In addition, two water supply lines were also developed in Ratmalana area under the project. Drainage networks at the Sri Lanka Transport Board Ratmalana Depot and at Dharmarama road have also been rehabilitated to reduce flooding during monsoons. The new Engineers Office and heavy vehicle hanger will ease maintenance facilities of the road and drainage network.
Members of the Maha Sangha, Senior Minister A.H.M.Fowzy, Mayor of Dehiwala- Mt Lavinia Municipal Council Danasiri Samarathunga, World Bank representatives, MOD officials and a large number of people were present at the occasion.(KH/SI)