ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers has approved a proposal by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapksa to beautify 100 towns or second and third level cities with some private sector participation, the cabinet office said June 08.
“Some second and third level cities throughout the island are untidy, ugly and a pain/disturbance to the public for a considerable time due to unorganised development while most of them can be converted public friendly, pleasing cities across taking necessary steps according to a neat/proper plan (sic),” a statement from the cabinet office said.
A project titled ‘Hundred Cities’ as proposed by the prime minister has thus been approved in order to beautify and develop 100 select towns/cities around the island with the assistance of all government institutions and “other parties entrusted with the supply of infrastructure facilities pertaining to systematically beautifying” these towns.
The paper did not elaborate on the private sector parties that will be involved. Nor did it provide a time frame for the project.
Co-cabinet spokesman said Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters at the weekly cabinet press briefing June 08 morning that the government has received numerous complaints about unplanned development activities.
“We get many complaints, especially with these floods, that development projects were unplanned and unorganised. People say the main reason for floods is unorganised development,” he said. (Colombo/ June 08/2021)