The washing away of sand heaps, which was filled for the construction of the artificial beach between Kalutara and Mount Lavinia, was not sea erosion but the method adopted in creating artificial beaches using natural forces, the Coast Conservation Department (CCD) said.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, CCD Director-General Prabath Chandrakeerthi said the construction of the artificial beach was proposed following extensive sea erosion in that area.
“When filling the Mount Lavinia sea area with sand we used a new technique called the ‘Sand Engine Method’,” he said.
“The Mount Lavinia beach area is a lagoon and we used to fill the area with more sand passing the beach limit where the beach protective rocks are located.
“Now, the monsoon is started and with the strength of the sea waves, the sand is now being washed towards Wellawatte beach area to create the beach naturally,” Mr Chandrakeerthi said.
“The sand for the project was extracted from the sea in Ratmalana, with the aid of a dredger. The project will encompass 500m of artificial beach in Mount Lavinia, 1.5 Km in the Ratmalana area and 2 Km in Kalutara,” he said.
He dismissed concerns on the impact on the environment because of the artificial beach. “An Environmental Assessment Report has been obtained for the project,” Mr Chandrakeerthi said.
"The former Cabinet had approved a similar project. The former government approved a proposal to invest more than US$300 million to reclaim land for a new beachfront from Kollupitiya to Dehiwela, he added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)
A new story... people's money washed away by waves...
Mm Sunday, 31 May 2020 06:34 PM
It would be nice if all this was explained before it happened! Then public won’t be using these the current eroded pictures and start saying wasted money and bad project
Chux Sunday, 31 May 2020 06:52 PM
Don’t talk rubbish when innocent person comes to obtain you all do everything possible not to give but with politicians wasting public money you endorse
Hari M Sunday, 31 May 2020 07:24 PM
The Srilankans are taken for ride by CCD Director-General Prabath Chandrakeerthi wasting/plundering $300 million and trying to fool masses by using a technical word ‘Sand Engine Method’. The method is only an experiment carried out in Netherlands in 2011 and not using heaps of sand, by constructing a peninsula that is expected to be moved over years not couple of months as in ours. Masses need to wake up to the country being swindled with impunity from all level of administers.
Dee Sunday, 31 May 2020 07:45 PM
Oh. Wow! Sri Lanka should teach this 'New Technology' to the entire world. Brilliant. Where were all these brainy people all these years?
King Sunday, 31 May 2020 07:49 PM
Tell this to the dumb asses who have the same IQ as yourself! You have destroyed a beach that I enjoyed for the past 65 years. Thank you
Tilak Sunday, 31 May 2020 08:19 PM
The DG is trying to protect his back!
Weerasangilige Podineris Sunday, 31 May 2020 08:26 PM
I think we can expect many more such genius projects under the new government. Those who need to visit the beach in Mt Lavinia can go the Wellawatte.
P Gurubaran Sunday, 31 May 2020 08:41 PM
When the country has to pay its highest debt this year and coming years to settle, Which committee approves such project, Does the general public requires Artificial beach? Our health sector needs so much infrastructure development. Tax Payers money needs to be spent wisely, Govt Policy Makers and project approvers, #empowersrilanka
Rex Jarkie Sunday, 31 May 2020 08:41 PM
CCD DARE NOT SAY ANY THING NEDATIVE ?
Raj Sunday, 31 May 2020 08:48 PM
I'm confused! You put sand in Mount Lavinia and a beach is created in Wellawatte! Can you come out with a scientific formula that shows where to put sand to create a beach at a particular location. We can roll out that formula to the whole world.
pakeer Sunday, 31 May 2020 09:22 PM
please send him Angoda.
Lanka putha Sunday, 31 May 2020 10:17 PM
Please tell us who's idea was it. Why not give this project to China and they would have done a good job.
Jehan Sunday, 31 May 2020 10:22 PM
Should have explained this earlier. Our people know everything except the job they do so they will naturally not believe this.
Tania P. Sunday, 31 May 2020 10:53 PM
Do you think we are idiots? I live right next to the beach and watched the whole episode and spoken even to the people who came initially during lockdown to do this. This is nothing but a huge blunder.
sam Panditha Sunday, 31 May 2020 11:04 PM
You are talking rubbish. You say you spent 800Mn to address excessive sea erosion in the area. Have you addressed it? Then you talk about monsoons- We have had them for centuries.
Who got the contract? How many companies tendered? who got the 20% cut
DJ Monday, 01 June 2020 02:37 PM
This money could've been put to better use, certainly this was not a priority
Gopi Monday, 01 June 2020 03:27 PM
there was an article to this effect in 2018 : "Mt. Lavinia-Angulana Govt. to stabilise coastal stretch using Sand Engine Methodology."
CITIZEN Monday, 01 June 2020 03:28 PM
TELL US NOW. ARE THERE ANY OTHER TECHNIQUES TO FOLLOW
brainmaster Monday, 01 June 2020 05:10 PM
real bullshit, waste of money, total inefficiency
Priyanga Nugegodage Tuesday, 02 June 2020 03:43 AM
And I plucked my gray hair off to make way to new young black hair! Idiots.
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