Dec 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) says that the government is changing the demography of the Colombo city under the guise of development.
During the budget debate on the Defense and Urban Development Ministry, UNP parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera told parliament today that the government was changing the demography of the Colombo city to suit its political agenda.
He explained that the government was moving out a large number of people from Colombo under its development programme and it would have an impact during election time.
The World Bank-funded Metro Colombo Integrated Urban Development Project is aimed at the urban regeneration and resettlement of informal dwellings located in flood-prone and hazardous areas and the management of floods and drainage in the city.
The development will reduce the occurrence of floods affecting the people and assets in the region, implement medium and small scale infrastructure projects benefiting the residents of the metro area and enhance the institutional capacity of local authorities.
However, according to Samaraweera, a large number of people have been left homeless while the government was also acquiring many valuable lands in Colombo.