The Strategic Cities Development Project (SCDP) aims to improve selected urban services and public urban spaces in the participating City Regions of Sri Lanka.
Some of the negative impacts and mitigation measures include: absence of legal titles in cases of public land users will not be considered a bar to assistance, especially for the socio-economically vulnerable groups; where development interventions affect community facilities such as social, religious and cultural facilities they will be restored in the relocation areas in consultation with the relocated persons and the host community; alternative shops will be provided to the displaced shopkeepers irrespective of their ownership status if they are found eligible; consultation and disclosure requirements will be adapted to meet the special needs of the project; and the scheduling of the land acquisition and resettlement planning and implementation will be appropriately linked with civil works ensuring that the affected people are provided with their entitlements and suitably relocated prior to site handover for civil works.
Under the Kandy city region, urban interventions of the Project aims to support priority infrastructure investments in the Kandy city to improve connectivity, achieve significant urban transformation and to support economic growth in Kandy city region and also improve the overall livability and investment attractiveness of the Kandy city region through the following activities.
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,
Note: Jaffna Development Component will support priority investments identified under three development components considered vital for the upgrading of the city after nearly 03 decades of difficulties suffered due to civil conflicts.
These include: 1. Roads and Traffic improvement, 2. Drainage improvement 3. Urban upgrading and Cultural Heritage. Investments will also include a component for Implementation support & Capacity Building of the Jaffna Municipal Council.
The Anuradhapura Integrated Urban Development Project (AIUDP) had been implemented under the Strategic Cities Development Programme as one of the integrated urban development projects which would be implemented with a Credit Facility from the French Agency for Development (AFD). The principle aim of the Project is to include a balanced growth and co-development between the sacred and the new town of Anuradhapura.