Landslide mitigation projects launched in 18 vulnerable schools in Kandy

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

The landslide mitigation programme in 18 schools in the Kandy District identified as being situated in landslide risk areas, had been launched with funding support from the World Bank, the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) said yesterday.

NBRO Landslide Division Head R.M.S. Bandara told The Island that most of the 18 schools which had been identified as being situated in landslide risk areas were located in Kandy town, and were near leading schools with thousands of students. Therefore attention had been given to ensure the safety of the students.

Among the schools identified in the city are Dharmaraja College, Hillwood Girls’ School, Gothami Girls’ School, Mahamaya Girls’ School and Siddhartha College.

Apart from those in the town, several schools in Pujapitiya, Kadugannawa and Gampola have also been identified as risk prone. They are Molagoda Piyadassi College in Pujapitiya, Jinaraja College and St.Joseph’s Girls’ School in Gampola.

Schools would not be relocated, he said adding that the mitigation work had been started in Dharmaraja College and the designing of mitigation measures had been completed in Gothami Vidyalaya, Hillwood Girls’ School and Mahamaya Girls’ School in Kandy District.

He said feasibility reports, Geo-technical testing and other evaluations had now been carried out, adding that the physical work would commence by the end of this year. The project would conclude in three years.

Bandara said that the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) had funded another landslide mitigation project carried out by the NBRO with the coordination of the RDA on A1 roads in Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Matale districts.

He said that six major landslide prone areas had been identified to mitigate landslide vulnerabilities under the project. The project was to be completed by 2017.

The JICA also had agreed to fund the landslide mitigation work at another 11 minor landslide prone areas in Ratnapura, Kegalle and Haldummulla etc., the NBRO Landslide Division Head said

Another landslide mitigation project would be carried out in 19 locations in Kandy with the funding from the World Bank, he added.

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