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Cabinet Decisions

Cabinet Decisions

Decisions taken by the Cabinet at its Meeting held on 18.10.2012

01. Kandy Lake and surrounding to be Developed

 Work on the development of the city of Kandy is now underway and on the proposal by the President, Cabinet approval was granted to entrust the development of the Kandy Lake and the wall surrounding it as well as the pavement, to the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, with the view to preserve its historical value and to promote the scenic beauty of the city of Kandy.

 On an earlier decision the maintenance of the Nuwarawewa and the Sluice had been entrusted to Irrigation Department.

02. Rs 1000 million for Colombo Flood Mitigation Project

 Colombo Metropolitan Region is highly vulnerable to the effects of floods and on the direction of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, the Sri Lanaka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation has initiated several urgent short term measures to mitigate flood in and around Colombo.

 Water retention facilities around the Water's Edge, Diyawanna Garden and at the lake at Sadaham Sevana of Gothami Rd Colombo is to be widened with dredging and drainage improvement.

 These projects include cleaning of existing canal system, dredging of flood retention areas, creating water retention lakes and controlling haphazard filling of low lying lands etc.

 Medium Term flood mitigatory measures have also been identified and implementation of these measures will be carried out under the Metro Colombo Urban Development

 The proposal made by the President, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development, the Cabinet decided to allocate Rs 1000 million to proceed with the special flood control work programme initiated by the SLLR&DC for the year 2012.

03. Slave Island Area Redevelopment Project to be entrusted to TATA Housing Development Co of India.

 The proposal made by President, in his capacity as the Minister of Defence and Urban Development, entrust the task of developing the Slave Island area to TATA housing Development Co Ltd in India and its partner SG 18 Advisors & Consultants (Private)Ltd was approved by the Cabinet.

 The Urban Development Authority is presently engaged in the implementation of several projects in the city of Colombo to create more opportunities for urban investments and the housing development programme

 Around Eight Acres at Slave Island bordering former education dept site to the north, Malay St to the east Justice Akbar St, to the south Railway line to the west has been earmarked for this project where

 Around 456 house holders in the relevant lands will be provided with decent houses with all facilities within a period of two years in lieu of their individual properties and the relevant families have agreed to renounce their rights to claim compensation for the respective land plots.

 The total cost for providing alternate housing/commercial units including rental payments for temporary accommodation of the families is estimated to be about SLR 5874 million.

Courtesy : Department of Government Information

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