Comprehensive infrastructure expansion in Negombo:
UPFA heading for landslide victory - Negombo Mayor
Mayor Anthony Jayaweera
Seventy-five percent of the work in Negombo has been completed on two
significant projects - the Kamachodai Market complex project and the
restoration of the Rajapaksa Park project - to transform Negombo as a
model city in the region, Mayor Anthony Jayaweera told the Sunday
Observer. He said many projects have been completed while many more that
were started under his tenure are in progress. Several mega projects
were launched by the UPFA administration of the Negombo Municipal
Council, in coordination with the Ministry of Economic Development.
|The new bus
terminal with shopping complex and other facilities
The total expenditure on the Kamachodai market complex project is
Rs.200 Mn and the amount was allocated by Minister of Economic
Development Basil Rajapaksa. Of the total expenditure of Rs.125 Mn on
the Rajapaksa Park restoration project, Minister Basil Rajapaksa
allocated Rs.50 Mn while former Western Provincial Council Minister
Nimal Lansa, who was also Mayor of Negombo, gave Rs.20 Million from his
budget allocations, Mayor Jayaweera said. The balance amount was borne
by the MC.
The picturesque Rajapaksa Park that was the pride of Negombo many
years ago was in a dilapidated state and he decided to restore it to its
former glory, the Mayor said. Minister Basil Rajapaksa also allocated
Rs. 270 Mn for the Kachchikade Shopping Complex project and the work is
in progress, he said. A library complex is also under construction, he
The amount allocated by Minister Basil Rajapaksa for January this
year is Rs.240 Mn. The amount is being utilised for the construction of
new mother/child-care clinics, for construction of children play grounds
and other people's welfare activities, the Negombo Mayor said.
Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former Western PC Minister Nimal Lansa
have been the strength behind all their development programs for the
welfare of the people and, doubtless, the UPFA will have a landslide
victory in the March 29 PC polls, be predicted. The compost unit started
by the MC at an expenditure of Rs.4.6 Mn is in operation handling about
one tonne garbage per day. The allocation of funds from the Ministry of
Economic Development for January this year is of Rs.240 Mn, he said.
Explaining further the development works undertaken by the UPFA
administration of the MC, he said that:
Excellent development works were carried out by my predecessors too.
The Negombo bus terminal is one of the best not only in Sri Lanka but
also in the whole region. The Negombo Courts complex, the Sports complex
and the projects on bio-gas production, the projects for protecting and
growing more mangroves, the rehabilitation of the Hamilton canal project
and the restoration of the Dutch Fort are some of the projects that have
refurbished Negombo as a colourful city.
A swimming pool for the public is being constructed at the beach park
and this is in fulfilling a long-cherished desire of former Western PC
Minister Nimal Lansa. Negombo, being the most sought after tourist
destination, the MC gives prominence on encouraging and developing the
hospitality industry and providing entertainments. ‘Dengue’ was the
biggest problem and biggest challenge that the city encountered in the
past. But the MC has been successful in tackling it. The disease has
been eradicated 100 percent in the municipal area.
The shortage of vehicles has been addressed and during my period we
bought vehicles for the value of Rs.30.7 Mn. Seven tractors, gali
bowsers and water bowsers were bought. The council is now fully armed to
provide an unhindered service the people.
The MC and Town Hall buildings are old and we are in the process of
renovating them to give a new facelift. The drainage system in the city
is very old and we have implemented a program on renovating it under the
modern drainage system. The main objective of the MC is transforming the
city as a model city with all modern facilities. On completion of the
drainage restoration program, a major part of this objectgive would be
Medical Officer of Health of the MC Dr.N.K. Wijelath, working with
his staff under very trying conditions, due to want of a decent building
and adequate space, explained the tireless efforts of his department to
eradicate ‘dengue’ , to conduct awareness programs for the public, for
disposal of garbage, health care for the staff engaged in garbage
disposal and child and mother care services provided by them. His
department handles about 80 tonnes of garbage per day to keep the city
free from garbage pollution and to eradicate ‘dengue mosquito’ breeding
sites. A special program to protect the staff who are handing garbage
disposal has also been implemented, he said.
The building constructed for the Maternal and Child Clinic at
The staff of the MOH's office await the arrival of the chief
guest and guests at the opening of the Maternal and Child Clinic
|A brand new
vehicle mounted with a fogging machine was donated to the MOH by
the former Western PC Minister Nimal Lansa under a program to
eradicate mosquito breeding sites. Here the officials having a
close look at the fogging machine. Ex-Minister Lansa and Mayor
Anthony Jayaweera are also in the picture
He thanked the Mayor of the MC for providing the space for his
department to operate but with provision of proper accommodation and
facilities by the relevant authorities he and his staff would be able to
perform even better he said showing to the writer the small and
inconvenient rooms from which they were operating. For the staff,
especially the ladies, there was hardly any space for a dress-change. He
pointed out that in spite of these shortcomings they have been
successful in their efforts to eradicate dengue menace.
Explaining their achievements in the health sector, he said:
We have been able to control dengue and other vector-borne diseases
through direct action and awareness programs among the public. In
Negombo dengue menace had a doubled-edged threat because November and
December, when the outbreak happens throughout the country, festive
season begins in Negombo. In this period the Negombo town is considered
as a festival zone with decorations and illuminations along the streets,
Churches and houses. We realised that one of the prime necessities is
the quick disposal of waste and garbage.
Outsiders come in large numbers and the quantity of garbage and waste
to be disposed increases considerably. We drew up a master plan to
handle the situation and implemented it to the word. Our first focus was
on eradicating dengue-mosquito breeding grounds and creating an
awareness about it among the local communities.
The Nimal Lansa Foundation which had about 4,000 women from the
fishing communities in its membership and affiliated to the fishermen's
unions was of great help in conveying our messages to the local
communities. We were successful in making it a community-based program.
We had the task of educating the people and getting their active
The Nimal Lansa Foundation also played a pivotal role in this.
There is an international program on child and mother care. We are
implementing the program to the very word. We have a special program for
our staff who are directly handling garbage. They are our strength and
they are doing a noble service by the society. In the process of
handling garbage they sustain minor injuries and are vulnerable to
hepatitis and tetanus. They are a risk group and, therefore, we
vaccinate them periodically to protect them from such diseases. There is
also a program to educate the health staff, community leaders and
parents. Parliamentarian Subashani Fernandopulle is a specialist medical
officer who is an expert in this field and she is delivering lectures on
early childhood development and care. By educating our staff we are
passing this message to the community. My objective is to get the top
people on the field to educate my staff.