Progress of Land Reclamation & Development Corporation
The Land Reclamation & Development Corporation is an
Engineering Organization specialized in inland dredging with a large
fleet of machinery and the expertise knowledge in the field. It has
been engaged in design of drainage plans for marshy lands and structural
designs for multi storied buildings and hydraulic structures for last
Due to the terrorists activities prevailed about 30
years in our country the speed of the development projects including the
activities of LRDC reduced. However, Sri Lanka was able to regain its
lost freedom again in 2009 under the leadership of H.E. the President
Mahinda Rajapaksa and spring from the ruins of a horrible terrorist war.
With the view of accelerating the development
activities and making the Colombo city a flood free city the LRDC was
brought under the Ministry of Defence since April 2010. Since then, on
the instructions of the Secretary Defence Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa the
LRDC has done an immense service to upgrade the development drive of the
Extraction of Off-Shore Sand
Due to indiscriminate mining and extraction of river
sand, the Government imposed conditions to restrict the extraction.
This, along with the high demand for ongoing highway construction
projects, increased the price on the river sand and created a scarcity
of sand for the construction industry. The Government initiated studies
to determine alternative ways of obtaining this resource, such as:
Mining of off-shore sand
This corporation has been supplying washed off-shore
sand for the construction industry and three sales outlets Muthurajawela, Mudun Ela and Kirimandala Mawatha were established for
A new contract has been awarded to Dredging
International NV of Belgium for mining and pumping of 3,000,000 meter
cubes of sand. This project commenced in April 2011 and scheduled to be
completed by end of December 2011. Total project cost is dollars
19,860,000(without Taxes). It has been planned to implement this project
from the available funds of the corporation with recoveries from sales
of sand to Colombo Katunayake Expressway Project
Treasury Grant Projects
The corporation is maintaining four Regional Offices
at Orugodawatta, Kirimandala Mawatha, Kirulapone and Attidiya. In
addition to manual cleaning, the corporation deploys mechanical equipment
such as dredgers, excavators, backhoes, tractors and tippers to dredge
and clean the canals and embankments.
Several places in the Colombo metropolitan region is
subject to inundation during rainy season due to various shortcomings in
the drainage system. The heaviest devastating floods occurred in last
November, 2010 causing severe inconvenience to the general public with
property damages. On the direction of the Ministry of Defence, the Sri
Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation(LRDC) has adopted several
urgent flood litigators measures which include rehabilitation of
existing canal system, dredging of low line lands creating water
retention lakes and controlling of haphazard filling of low lying Lands
Under the accelerated drainage improvement program, a
number of lakes have been created in Sri Jayawardanapura, Kotte area
such as Waters Edge Site- Bataramulla, Rampalawatta low lying area at
Pelawatta and Upperstream of Diyawanna Lake at Thalawatugoda etc. The
cost for these special projects already completed and to be completed
before the end of the year 2011 is estimated to be Rs. 483 milion.
Some of the special work carried out by the
Corporation under the treasury grant, is as follows.
The dredging of lake has been commenced in November
2010 and it includes dredging of lake area, construction of spill and
formation of Bund. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs. 216.5
million and the cumulative value of work done is Rs. 82.4 million.
The project comprises of dredging of three lakes and
cutting of earth hillocks in Waters Edge premises. Total estimated cost
of the project is Rs.238.2 million.
The total estimated cost of the project is 40.7
million. Project commenced in November, 2010 and expected to complete by
end of December, 2011.
Bank protection work using sheet piles and gabion has
commenced in St. Sebastian South Canal. Sheet pile driving has already
been completed near south lock gate. Total estimated cost of the project
is Rs. 36.49 million and progress of the work done up to date is Rs.
Construction Projects for Clients
The estimated value of the project is Rs.20.5 million
and the work commenced on 1st December 2010. This Project consists of
construction of 1st floor level to 2nd floor level. The second floor
area is 2,175.04 m2. First floor level was completed in 2010.
The estimated value of the project is Rs. 30 million
and date of commencement will be 01st September 2011. Duration of the
project is 5 months. The project consists of the finishing work of the
building and landscaping work.
Total project cost is Rs. 25 million and the duration
is four months. The project consists of civil work, Aluminum partition,
supplying of furniture and IT/ telephone/voice system. Work is in
Self Funded Projects
This consists of completing the 1st floor level to
roof level at a cost of Rs 12.55 million. The work commenced on 15th
July 2010. Work is in progress.
The estimated value of above work is Rs 75.33 million
and it involves the construction of four storied building with all the
finishing work. The work commenced on 15th July 2010 and is scheduled to
be completed by August 2012. Work is in progress.
The corporation has its own fleet of machinery for the
use of various projects undertaken by the corporation. The excess
capacity of the machinery is being hired to the outside clients. Other
areas of work carried out includes dredging projects, fabrication work,
consultancy services for electro mechanical work and repair and
maintenance of vehicles and machinery.
During the year more than 80% of the own fleet of
machinery were utilized for maintenance of Colombo Canal Network
The Corporation undertakes consultancy work on storm
water drainage designs and preparation of storm water drainage master
plans, structural designs for buildings and bridges, environmental
impact assessment reports/Initial Environmental Examination reports for
the public and private sector institutions.
In keeping with the Governments venture to eradicate
shanties, UDA has launched the above project. This is a turn-key project,
to construct apartments with the provision of infrastructure facilities
to resettle low income families. It consists of design & construction of
12 storied buildings, one building (Block A) with 18 apartments and 5
buildings (Block B) with 33 apartments on each floor. This project will
be implemented in 2 stages. Phase I, consist of design and construction
of Block A & 02 buildings from Block B. Total of number of apartments
for Phase I is 1008.
The architectural and structural designs &
construction work for Phase I has been handed over to this Corporation.
The estimate for design and build of block A is Rs.
580.75 m. The piling work has been completed. It is expected to complete
the superstructure of block A by the end of 2012. The estimated
consultancy fee for construction supervision for year 2012 is Rs. 9.4 m.
It is expected to complete the foundation work and
commence the superstructure of 02 blocks of block B in 2012. The
estimated consultancy fee for year 2012 is Rs. 24.6 m.
3 storied building is to be constructed as the
National Centre for Non Destructive Testing at Mudun Ela. The
Corporation has been awarded the architectural and structural designs
and construction work. The draft estimate for the consultancy work for
2012 is Rs. 4.0 m. It is expedited to complete construction work by the
end of 2012.
One of the main objectives of the Corporation is
creating new lands required for industrial, commercial and housing
purposes in a flood free environment. In achieving this objective,
corporation performs in the following areas.
Acquisition of lands suitable for development.
Acquisition of lands required for GCFC & EIP.
To be the Custodian of the acquired lands and
Management of such lands.
Disposal of lands as per the guidelines on land
Declaration of wet lands as per the amendment Act.
No. 35 of 2006.
Controlling of Unauthorized Land Filling
Corporation is involved in controlling and removing
unauthorized low lying land filling which is mostly reported by the
public and the Corporation proceeds with these activities to ensure a
flood free environment.
Implementation of Weras Ganga Basin Storm Water
Drainage & Environment Improvement Project
The Weras Ganga Basin which is a sub catchments of the
Bolgoda Basin is adjacent to the Greater Colombo area and most of the
basin has been urbanized. It is also expected to be highly developed in
the future causing serious flooding in the area. Therefore there is an
urgent necessity for the storm water drainage project for the Weras
Weras Ganga Basin plays an important role as a center
of economic and social activity and provision of housing for the people
of Colombo Metropolitan Region. Some part of this basin are centers of
industrial and commercial activities and other sections have been
characterized mainly as residential areas, and the potentials for
residential development is high due to urban sprawl phenomena from
Colombo and migration from the other areas of Sri Lanka . The area
surrounding Weras Ganga provides a waterfront environment and is a
popular area for recreational activities as well as residential
Therefore, implementation of this project promotes
sustainable development activities and enhances environment which will
promote tourism industry mainly with protection of Attidiya Bird
Sanctuary and Bolgoda Canal.
Original concept has been divided in to two stages as
Phase I & Phase II .
Phase I which is scheduled to be commenced immediately
includes improvement of following schemes.
Dredging of Weras Ganga.
Improvement of Nugegoda - Rattanapitiya Ela.
Improvement of drainage system of Bolgoda marsh.
Improvement of Boralesgamuwa North Canal.
Improvement of Boralesgamuwa Sourth Canal.
Improvement of Maha Ela.
The approval of Cabinet of Ministers was given on
24.02.2010 (memorandum No. 2010/CP/11). It is scheduled to be commenced
Phase I of the project within the 1st quarter of year 2012.
Total project cost of Phase I is Rs. 8,000 million.
Expected financial arrangements is Rs. 6,800 M. will be obtained from
foreign funds and Rs. 1,200 M. will be funded by the Government of Sri
Lanka. Contract period of Phase I is 36 months. CMEC has been selected
as the contractor of the project.
The flood mitigation & water front management (major
part of component 1) is supposed to be carried out by SLLRDC under this
project. The project is funded by World Bank & will be implemented under
two stages spanning for four years. The approximate cost of the project
component 1 is 100 million US$.
The work scope includes improvement of main canal
system (belongs to SLLRDC) & micro drainage system a (belongs to CMC)
including bank protection works, creation of retention lakes,
improvement of drainage crossing structures, introduce pumping stations
to pump out flood water, implementation of water based transport
services, implementation of RTC (Real Time Control) System etc.
St. Sebastian Canal