Water Supply and Drainage Minister and Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardane has expressed the need to take necessary measures to prevent the parliamentary complex from getting flooded in future.
Gunawardane had made this point after the House was inundated by water on Thursday (11) following
torrential rains experienced on Wednesday (10). The floods in the House had caused damage to the electrical and information technology systems in the complex.
He has said there was a need for an additional lake next to the parliament complex for rain water retention in order to avert the danger of the House being flooded.
According to Gunawardane, such a lake in the landmass between the parliamentary complex and the Sri Jayewardenepura Hospital, had been proposed in the original master plan which converted Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte into the country’s capital city.
Meanwhile, party leaders’ have also discussed flood prevention measures and have agreed to pay immediate attention to this matter.