Sri Lanka urban planning hampered by inadequate co-ordination: UNESCAP

ECONOMYNEXT –Urban planning in Sri Lanka is hampered by the division of responsibilities different agencies and inadequate co-ordination among them, according to a new study by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

The island’s Urban Development Authority (UDA) is mandated to prepare development plans for areas it declares suitable for urban development, the report said.

But, such UDA-declared areas are not an “integral part” of the planning of the core city for which the ULA is responsible, it said,

“Urban planning is hampered by the division of responsibilities among the Urban Development Authority, provincial councils and Urban Local Authorities (ULAs),” said the report on the ‘State of Asian and Pacific Cities 2015’.

A UDA can only exercise limited planning and enforcement functions because of capacity constraints, it said.

In addition, the study found that there are no land use controls in non-UDA-declared areas which have urban characteristics but which are rural in administrative terms.

“Limited coordination among specialised infrastructure development agencies further aggravates the fragmented nature of Sri Lankan institutional responsibilities for urban planning,” it said. (Colombo/November 16 2015)


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