Megapolis Minister sounds alarm over Colombo drainage and sewer systems

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa

Colombo’s underground pipeline network and the sewer system are in need of renovation, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says.

Ranawaks said so at the launch of the Sebastian Northern Canal rain water pumping station and anicut project recently. Another pumping station would be constructed in Kolonnawa considering the present situation of the Kelani river and the rain water density, he added.

Referring to the aged pipeline network, the Minister said around 40 percent of Colombo’s water found its way through the 150-year old underground pipeline network, which was in a dilapidated condition.

He warned that the Colombo city have to face a major crisis in the near future unless the system was upgraded immediately.

The network was about 960 km long, he said. "We have been effecting repairs but not to the entire system. The sewer system is in the same condition and unfortunately the both sewer and rainwater lines had become one at present. This has put the Beira Lake area in jeopardy."

Reiterating that the Colombo would be transformed into a clean city with no flooding within next five years, Minister Ranawaka said a programme had been launched to renovate the sewer network and if the Colombo city was to be saved, there should be a proper waste water drainage system besides green areas.


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