Sri Lanka dredges canals to prevent flooding

June 27, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has begun deepening canals in marshes bordering the capital Colombo and digging lakes to prevent flooding during the rainy season and for tourism and recreation, officials said. A 24-acre land is being dug in the Rampalawatte area in Pelawatte along with another lake at Thalawatugoda. The project is being done by the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation, which is under the defence ministry.

Mohan Jayatilleke, a charter architect with the land reclamation corporation who is handling the work, said they were seeking investors for the project.

The project has several objectives, he told Vimasuma.com, our sister news service.

“We want to promote tourism while at the same time prevent illegal seizure and filling up of marshes. It will help prevent flooding. There will be facilities for water sports and entertainment.”

Parts of Colombo, including the national parliament which is in a suburb, have gone under water during times of heavy rains as low-lying areas meant for water retention have been built up and drainage systems neglected.

Jayetilleke said the land reclamation and development corporation has begun dredging the ‘Heen Ela’ canal nea