Urban Interventions in Galle City Region

Galle is envisaged not only as an anchor for economic development in the region, but also as a livable and vibrant historic waterfront city. This component aims to improve livability by protecting and developing the urban environment of Galle City Region, support priority investments in infrastructure and services, organize city functions to increase investment attractiveness, enhance public urban spaces and achieve significant urban transformation responding to economic growth in the Galle City Region.

Drainage Improvement / Flood Reduction

Flooding in Galle which is an annual occurrence is mostly due to poor drainage systems. Severe flooding which took place in 2003 and 2010 was caused due to heavy rainfall in the area. Lands which are drained out by slot hampers the natural flow due to its thickness while the drainage system is also polluted and unable to carry the flood water to the sea due to lack of maintenance., and also due to partly debris fallen palm trees, garbage dumping and overgrown weeds. Canal banks at various locations are unprotected, unstable and encroached by illegal settlements. Gabions at many locations are poorly designed, oversized, unstable. The canal’s cross-sections are generally unfit to properly and reliably convey flood waters. Cross-drains discharging to the main canals and elsewhere in the town are only partly lined and are poorly maintained, generally lacking in capacity to convey the excess rainfall in a proper manner.

The city is served by a system of open canals and an old brick-lined underground tunnel built over 150 years ago to carry storm water from the city to an open stream. The frequent collapsing of the underground drain system is a growing threat to public safety, which requires urgent rehabilitation.

Sub Projects

Sri Lanka gov

• Development of Moragoda Ela & Cross Drains

• Project Cost : LKR 844.00Mn

• Implementation Period : Year 2017-2019

Sri Lanka gov

• Development of Moda Ela, Kapu Ela & Cross Drains

• Project Cost : LKR 544.00Mn

• Implementation Period : Year 2017-2019

Urban Upgrading

These activities are focused to enhance urban public spaces and also to a form a strong pedestrian connectivity between key destinations by leveraging city assets. Interventions may include rehabilitation of public areas within the Fort, such as its rampart system, bastions and squares. Outside the Fort, coastal pathways would be rehabilitated to provide continuous pedestrian access along the waterfront and improve connectivity to the inner city and Fort entrances.

Sub Projects

Sri Lanka gov

• Ocean Pathway

• Project Cost : USD 5.14Mn

• Implementation Period : Year 2017-2019

Sri Lanka gov

• Rampart Walkway

• Project Cost : LKR 221.00Mn

• Implementation Period : Year 2017-2019