Sri Lankan government builds three lakes to retain rain water in the Colombo District

Dec 07, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government says Defence and Urban Development Ministry has built three lakes in the Colombo District at a cost of Rs. 480 million to prevent future flooding of Sri Lankan capital Colombo and its suburbs.

The Diyawanna Lake in Battaramulla, Rampalawatte Lake in Pelawatte and Thalawathugoda Lake in Thalawathugoda are the three lakes built to retain rain water.

Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has said that Rs. 290 million had been spent to build a water retention pool in the Diyawanna reservoir area, Rs. 170 million for the Rampalawatte Lake and Rs. 20 million for the Thalawathugoda Lake.

According to the Minister, the three reservoirs were built to hold a large amount of excess drain water during rains.

The proposal to build lakes in the Kotte area was made following the floods experienced in the area during torrential rains in 2010 November.

Following the floods that submerged the ground floor of the parliamentary complex and damaged the carpeting and the sound system, the parliament decided to appoint a special committee headed by Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa to inquire into the causes and remedies to prevent future flooding.

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