ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s government has approved several projects to ensure adequate supplies of drinking water and public transport in the proposed Western Megapolis Area in and around the capital Colombo, a spokesman said.
The projects are aimed at catering to the needs of the anticipated increased population of the region, covering the Colombo, Gamhapa and Kalutara districts which is expected to be 8.7 million by 2030.
The Cabinet of Ministers this week approved several proposals by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development and Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply.
The existing 19 water treatment plants in the area treats about 1,078,520 cubic metres of water daily. This is expected to increase to 2,200,000 cubic metres in 2030.
The Ministry of City Planning and Water Supply has proposed building five new water supply projects covering the areas of Colombo and suburbs, Mirigama Industrial City, proposed aero city in Mirigama, Divulapitiya, Homagama, Horana, and its surroundings.
Big reservoirs in Seethawaka Ganga and Wee Oya, which are branches of Kelani River, are to be built to meet the demand for drinking water, recycled waste water is to be used for for non-drinking purposes and sea water desalinated using electricity in off peak hours.
The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development also proposed several road extension and widening projects and the creation of multimodal hubs for public transport.
These include extending the Baseline Road to Galle Road, extending the Polduwa – Koswatta Road, which is under construction, to Kelaniya via Kolonnawa and widening the road from Pamankada Bridge to W.A. Silva Mawatha.
It also plans to build an expressway from the multimodal transport hub in Makumbura to Mahenawatta Science and Technology City, and new flyovers in Kohuwala junction and railway crossing near Castle Hospital.
Multimodal transport hubs are to be created in Battaramulla, Katunayake, Kadawatha, Moratuwa, and Panadura and along with the extension of the proposed elevated road from Kelani Bridge to Rajagiriya via Orugodawatta to the Outer Circular Highway covering the Battaramulla administrative city.
(COLOMBO, Nov 30, 2016)