The Metro Colombo Urban Development Project (MCUDP) has been established under the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development and is jointly financed by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) of the World Bank Group and the Government of Sri Lanka, at a total cost of USD 321 million. (World Bank - USD 213 million and GOSL - USD 108 million )

The Project is managed by the Project Management Unit, Metro Colombo Urban Development Project, and is implemented through three Project Implementation Agencies (PLAs): Sri Lanka Land Reclamation & Development Corporation (SLLRDC), Urban Development Authority (UDA), and Colombo Municipal Council (CMC). The Project area incorporates four urban local authorities (Project Local Authorities - PLAs): CMC, the Dehiwela - Mt Lavinia Municipal Council (D-MLMC), Sri Jayawardenapura - Kotte Municipal Council (SJ-KMC), and Kolonnawa Urban Council (KUC).

MCUDP comprises of three main components. The first component focuses on flood and drainage management and addresses the urgent issue of urban flooding, which regularly paralyzes the economy of the Metro Colombo Region. The second component focuses on urban development and infrastructure rehabilitation for PLAs, supporting these authorities to rehabilitate and manage their drainage infrastructure and urban roads, implement selected urban improvement investments, and improve solid waste collection. It also includes targeted technical assistance for institutional strengthening and capacity building for central and local authorities. The third component consists of implementation support.

Among the range of ongoing sub-projects of MCUDP are the following:

  • Construction of bank protection works of the Eastern Bank of West Beira Lake
  • Construction of bank protection works of the Western Bank of West Beira Lake
  • Construction of Beach Park at Crow Island
  • Construction of Canal Bank Protection Works of St Sebastian South Canal
  • Construction of Linear Park along Eastern Bank of East Beira Lake - Phase I
  • Construction of Linear Park along Eastern Bank of East Beira Lake - Phase II
  • Consultancy services for construction supervision and project management in micro drainage component
  • Consultancy services for infrastructure development in local authorities - KUC
  • Conveyance improvement to Wellawatta Canal at Galle Road Bridge
  • Dredging of Talangama Tank [Environmental Assessment – EA]
  • Improvements to Kynsey Road drain
  • Improvements to Public Conveniences - Package 3
  • Improvements to Madiwela East Diversion Scheme - Stage 1 [EA]
  • Independent Monitoring and Review of Social Safeguards
  • Infrastructure development in KUC
  • Infrastructure development in SJ-KMC – Package 3
  • Micro drainage improvements to Devi Balika Junction
  • Procurement of Construction Machinery & Equipment - Package 2
  • Procurement of Generators
  • Rehabilitation of Gregory's Canal
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