The government has allocated Rs. 400 million to the Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (LRDC) to dig 10 new reservoirs in and around Colombo to prevent floods in the future.
LRDC General Manager Shyama Gunawardhana has told the media that work in Pelawatte, Thalawathugoda, Madiwela and Waters Edge premises were underway.
The construction of the first flood water reservoir began last month in a state land of 17 acres at Rampalawatta, Pelawatta in Battaramulla.
The LRDC is to dig five reservoirs under the first phase of the project.
The reservoirs once completed are expected to store the rain water and prevent flooding.
The heavy rains experienced last month resulted in the parliament complex being inundated with flood water and the damage caused to the complex as a result is reportedly estimated at Rs 50 million.
Reservoirs are also to be dug in Kirimandala Mawatha in Narahenpita, Rattanapitiya in Piliyandala and Peliyagoda.