Development News Update: As part of the Werassa Drainage and Environmental Development Project, the development of a number of canals in urban areas of Colombo, which have been stalled for almost three years, was accelerated by the Land Development Corporation. In a statement issued by the Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply, and Housing, this was stated.
As a countermeasure against floods, the Werassa Drainage and Environmental Development Project was launched in 2013. It was carried out under a concept of the then Secretary of the Ministry of Defense and Urban Development, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
The Nugegoda-Bolgoda canal, which extends from the Kattiya junction in Nugegoda to the Bolgoda dam, is one of the channels currently under reconstruction under the project— and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa have urged the Land Development Corporation to complete the project as soon as possible. New branches are also being built along the 8 km long canal, the statement said.
Retired Major General M.R.W. de Soyza, Chairman of the Land Development Corporation, said flood risks in the areas of Nugegoda, Gamsabha Junction, Delkanda, Rattanapitiya, Papiliyana, and Boralesgamuwa would be mitigated once this project is completed.
Although the project was to be completed in 1.5 years, the previous government had postponed it, the chairman of the Land Development Corporation said. He added that in six months the project is now scheduled to be completed.