- Published on Wednesday, 14 March 2012 12:05
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The Defence Ministry has called for tenders for the Metro Colombo Urban Development Project. This project will give a major facelift to Colombo, minimize floods and beautify the capital city.
The estimated cost of the project is 213 million U.S.Dollars and the World Bank has agreed to fund this project. Cabinet approval for the project was given in May last year.
The project will cover areas under the Colombo Municipal Council and the peripheral local authorities including the Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte Municipal Council, Dehiwala Mount Lavinia Municipal Council and Kolonnawa Urban Council. All these institutions will be improved under the project.
The flood control and water front management component includes Beira Lake restoration and creation of linear and nodal parks, construction of Beddegana biodiversity park, restoration and creation of six lakes in the upper catchment areas near parliament and fifteen projects to minimise flooding. The project will also cover canal rehabilitation, road improvement, water-based transport improvement and real-time flood monitoring and forecasting.
Under infrastructure development, R.A. de Mel Mawatha and Galle Road will be upgraded along with roads in Dehiwala, Mt. Lavinia, Kotte and Kollonawa. The Town Hall Square will be improved along with pedestrian overhead bridges at Collpetty and Bambalapitiya. A Marine Drive promenade with Leisure Park and waterfront recreational park in Crow Island will be constructed.
Pavements of 10 main roads in Colombo will also be improved, and construction of 15 toilet complexes will also be undertaken. (niz+)