The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development was established in terms of the provisions Published in the Extra Ordinary Gazette No.1933/13 dated 21st September 2015. According to the Gazette notification, the mandated functions of this Ministry are as follows:

  • Formulation of policies, programs and projects, monitoring and evaluation in regard to the subjects of megapolis and Western development, and those subjects that come under the purview of Departments, statutory Institutions and Public Corporations of the Ministry.
  • Kottawa, Kaduwela and Kadawatha Township Development Project and related activities.
  • Integrated and systematic promotion and regulation of economic, social and physical development of urban areas.
  • Urban Solid Waste Management.
  • Matters relating to reclamation and development of low lying areas.
  • Provide necessary guidance to develop urban areas low level of services and facilities and marshy land according to a common plan.
  • Preparation of National Physical Plans and Regional Physical Plans.
  • Direct and regulate all construction work on the basis of National Physical Plans in integrated urban development.
  • Matters relating to all other subjects assigned to the institutions coming under the purview of the Ministry.
  • Supervision of the institutions coming under the purview of the Ministry.

The objective of the Ministry is to plan and develop the Western Province of Sri Lanka as a megacity with over 8 million people as a business, communication and logistic hub. For this purpose, government will take actions to ensure the provision of infrastructure, water, sewerage, electricity, housing, and premises for economic, social and religious activities, educational institutions, health services, transport and other essential activities in the province.

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