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* ADB grants US$ 116 million loan to rehabilitate sewer lines in Sri Lanka capital city
Tue, Apr 29, 2014, 05:22 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 29, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has received a US$ 116.63 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to rehabilitate around 10 kilometers of sewer Lines in the greater Colombo area.

The Greater Colombo Waste Water Management Project, funded by the ADB will rehabilitate selected 10 km of sewer lines and assess another125 km of sewer lines within Colombo Municipal Council area.

The main objective of this project is to improve the urban environment by rehabilitating the sewerage system and thereby improving the public health of the residents of Greater Colombo area.

Authorities say while the capital city is rapidly expanding its urban area, the existing public sewerage infrastructure is limited in coverage and old. Frequent blockages in the system cause flooding in low-lying area and uncontrolled overflow gives serious concerns to environment and public health.

The proposed investment project will cover rehabilitation to the existing systems, repairs to the sewer outfalls, upsizing of under capacity sewers, and upsizing of under capacity pumping stations.

The Cabinet recently approved a proposal made by Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils A.L.M. Athaullah to award the contract of the project as recommended by the Standing Cabinet Appointed Procurement Committee (SCAPC).

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