Major WB-funded project underway

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the World Bank representatives inspected a pumping station at Nagalagam Street, in Colombo, yesterday (5).

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, when he was the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, planned the Metro Colombo Urban Development Project in 2012, and it includes 55 sub projects, and the Nagalagam Street Pumping Station is one of its sub-projects.

The President’s Office said the main objective of this sub-project was to control floods in Colombo and to avoid the pollution caused by the depletion of water in the canals during the dry season. “Five pumps capable of discharging 30 cubic meters of water per second into the Kelani River and two pumps capable of carrying 12 cubic meters of water per second from the Kelani River into the canals have been installed at the pumping station. It also has two automatic locking doors and a control system.”

“The total cost of the project is US $ 321 million and the World Bank has provided a concessional loan of US $ 213 million. The Government of Sri Lanka has provided US $ 108 million for the project.

Project Director Mrs. A.H. Thushari explaining the progress of the project to the President and the World Bank representatives said that within the next few months the project will be completed.

Simultaneously, 47 km of roads will be developed in selected areas. The project also includes the development of Viharamahadevi Park, Crow Island Beach Park and Beddagana Wetland Park.

Representatives of the World Bank including World Bank’s Vice President for the South Asia Region Hartwig Schafer, State Ministers Nalaka Godahewa and Mohan P. de Silva too participated in the inspection tour along with officials .

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