Colombo city residents won't have to run outside with a pail of water yet, with the Cabinet clearing a US$ 180 million project to flush out its sewer lines. The Cabinet also cleared the External Resources Department (ERD) to raise some US$ 145.5 million from donor agencies.
The funds will pay to clear up and extend Colombo's century old sewerage systems to keep up with its growing population and add a fresh pipe-sewer system for the country's capital Sri Jayawardanapura.
Cabinet spokesperson Mangala Samaraweera said Colombo’s 300 kilometres of sewerage lines was now packed to the brim with the city's estimated 600,000 million population and another 50,000 floating residents easing their load on to the system daily.
Consecutive governments have barely added any new infrastructure to Colombo's over 100 year old sewage system installed by the then British rulers.
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Ground work in Colombo is expected to kick off in January 2005, with a US$ 20 million Danish government assistance package.