Clean Flush

Japan will pump Rs. 146 mn to clean up Colombo’s century old sewer system that takes on the brunt of over 700,000 residents daily. Japan will pump Rs. 146 mn to clean up Colombo’s century old sewer system that takes on the brunt of over 700,000 residents daily. The project will take till 2010 to clean up the 300 kilometres of sewage pipes designed to for a 400,000 people city.

The money will pay for sewer cleaning equipment and is expected to enhance sewer cleaning operations in order to prevent sewage overflow to frain, canal system and water bodies, a Finance Ministry statement said Thursday.

At the moment the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) spends around Rs. 250 mn a year on the systems basic maintenance.

But this falls far short of what is actually needed, say CMC sources, if the network is to support a city rapidly expanding in density and distance.

The Alliance government in 2004 said that it cleared a US$ 180 million project to flush out Colombo’s sewer lines.

The Cabinet also cleared the External Resources Department (ERD) to raise some US$ 145.5 million from donor agencies.

The funds were