Rehabilitation of Moda Ela and Kepu Ela
Flood mitigation and drainage improvement of GMC area and urban upgrading are the main project components in the Galle city region urban intervention with capacity building and technical assistance for project partner agencies. The Galle municipal area drainage system comprises a network of large and small open canals and marshy land. The drainage network of the city consists of mainly three streams: Moragoda ela, Moda ela and Kepu ela. The drainage network is managed by the Galle Municipal Council except Moragoda ela, which is managed by Provincial Irrigation Department.
These streams take the excess storm water from cross-drains, which are fed by outflow from road side drains, into the sea. Water in these streams is polluted, with wastewater, and solid and liquid waste coming from city center and residential areas. The Galle drainage system is poorly maintained, partly lined and in most of the sections have insufficient capacity to transfer storm water. Available rainfall retention areas are disappearing rapidly due to land fill and construction of houses and commercial buildings.