WB gives CMC US $180 mn to upgrade City’s drainage system

By Lal Gunesekera

Mayor of Colombo A. J. M. Muzammil said yesterday (30) that the floods in some parts of the city would soon be a thing of the past as the World Bank had granted US$ 180 million to upgrade the city drainage system, including the storm water system.

The Mayor told The Island that the project would be implemented in collaboration with the Urban Development Authority (UDA) which comes under the purview of the Ministry of Defence.

Most of the World Bank funds were for the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) and consultants had already been appointed for the project which would get underway in June and be completed within one year, Muzammil said.

The CMC had taken action to prevent roads being flooded in most areas of Colombo, the Mayor said, adding that it was a long standing problem facing the CMC. He requested the public not to dump garbage on roads, especially plastic bags, which found their way into drains blocking them. He also blamed street vendors for haphazard disposal of waste with no concern for environment.

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