Two underground mega drains to control floods in Colombo

30 May 2018 07:32 pm - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development is set to invest RS. 5,800 million in a mega flood control project in Colombo.

The project, highest investment to be made since the Dutch era, was taken up by the China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Co., Ltd. The company will construct two mega underground storm water tunnels for the city.

The 750 meter-long, 3 meter wide first tunnel will be constructed parallel to Mutwal tunnel that will carry the additional water flow in Malalasekara Mawatha, BMICH, Independence Square, Colombo 7 and Colombo North.

The Second tunnel 1.2km-long, 3meter wide is expected to be constructed from Torrington towards seas off Bambalapitiya under Bauddhaloka Mawatha.

Minister Champika Ranawaka said the project cost USD 321 million of which USD 214 million was provided by the World Bank.

The high-tech state of art machine which is use to drill the tunnel will concrete the surface at the same time preventing any water leaks. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 11

  • Thassim Wednesday, 30 May 2018 07:52 PM

    Its good if it actually happens. This government had been 'all fart, no shit' so far.

    sss Wednesday, 30 May 2018 07:53 PM


    Ceylon Wednesday, 30 May 2018 07:56 PM

    Great.according to srilankan tradition,pathali soon to be a mega billionaire.

    mohomad Wednesday, 30 May 2018 07:58 PM

    Look at the blooming happy face Champika Ranawaka thinking of the hidden commission he had kept.

    Tissa Saturday, 02 June 2018 03:00 PM

    Not to worry he got the money already from Arjuna A just as his president who is hidding the papers.

    ravin Thursday, 31 May 2018 08:52 AM

    Why new tunnels? If you clean and rehabilitate existing stomp water system country may be able to save considerable amount of funds. Main problem of flooding Colombo city is not maintaining stomp water drain system. This was proved in the past.

    neil alvis Thursday, 31 May 2018 02:27 PM

    those days it rained now its a deluge. the water falling from skies probably 10 times more and longer periods - hence to mitigate this we need bigger drainage sytem now. its a good move at least by this govt.

    lkboy Thursday, 31 May 2018 09:52 AM

    What if the Sea water comes back inland?

    TONY Thursday, 31 May 2018 12:35 PM


    Anura Monday, 04 June 2018 07:17 AM

    Definitely looks like a good underhand commission generating deal. Can the country afford so much of money to be spent on mega deals. This has to be thoroughly checked. By the look of jubilant Champika a hefty commissions sure to be there.

    Anura Nanayakkara Monday, 04 June 2018 07:28 AM

    Oh, hefty underhand commissions galore for everyone making them instant billionaires. Minister is jubilant. Now tell MR robbed the country. This is how ‘yahspalana’ rob the country with Canal technology.

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