Rs.800 million to stabilize coastal belt from Kollupitiya to Angulana

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Work to commence before the monsoon begins

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  • Coastal areas in Mount Lavinia, Dehiwala, Rathmalana Wedikanda and Moratuwa will benefit
  • Dredging work to begin before Monsoon
  • The coastal area coming under the project was 5.5 km in length

 

 By Sandun A. Jayasekara   

Cabinet approval was granted for a Rs. 800 million project to stabilize the coastal line from Kollupitiya to Angulana by the Coast Conservation and Coastal Resources Management Department (CCCRMD). 

 
The cabinet paper submitted by President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, stated that coastal areas in Mount Lavinia, Dehiwala, Rathmalana Wedikanda and Moratuwa were identified as erosion prone area.  Accordingly, the budget proposal for 2018 had determined to nourish the sand and stabilize the coastal stretch from Mount Lavinia to Angulana.   


The estimated cost for the supply of sand for the project was at Rs. 800 million and the paper suggested the procurement process through International Competitive Bidding to select a suitable dredging contractor was set in motion during the early part of the 2018 (before the monsoon).   


The coastal area coming under the project was 5.5 km in length. In addition to the license fee to be paid for sand mining a royalty of Rs. 70 has to be paid per cubic meter of sand extracted to the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) and the estimated cost for that would be Rs. 56 million the paper said.   


Therefore, the paper recommended that royalty fee to be paid to the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) be waived off.   

 

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