Pub­lic ag­i­ta­tion re­sults in Crow Is­land Beach Park im­prove­ments

World Bank loan fa­cil­i­tates re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of 7.8 hectare beach

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - METRO - BY RU­MANA RAZ­ICK

The on­go­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the Crow Is­land Beach Park is de­signed to con­serve the beach and cre­ate more space for the de­vel­op­ment of the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture in recre­ational and leisure ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able to the pub­lic, the World Bank said.

The 7.8 hectare strip of beach sit­u­ated in the north­ern part of Colombo is to have an in­for­ma­tion cen­tre, restau­rants, rest­ing pavil­ions, a car park, chil­dren’s play area, an ad­ven­ture park, jog­ging and cy­cle track, open play area, pub­lic con­ve­niences with open show­ers and wash­rooms, view­ing deck and sum­mer huts.

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The project was ini­ti­ated in re­sponse to the pub­lic de­mand to pro­vide a clean and well or­gan­ised recre­ation park

Due to the strong cur­rents in the sea in the vicin­ity, safe ar­eas would be marked out for sea bathing. The de­graded man­groves at the park will also be re­gen­er­ated im­prov­ing the park bio­di­ver­sity.

In ad­di­tion the WB said that im­prove­ments will be made to the qual­ity of la­goon wa­ter, in waste man­age­ment sys­tem and the storm wa­ter drainage sys­tem.

The WB also ob­served that the beach park although a popular spot for both tourists and lo­cals, is lit­tered with garbage and gen­er­ally dis­or­gan­ised. “Our main ob­jec­tive is to im­prove the qual­ity of the beach for recre­ation, pre­serv­ing its nat­u­ral scenic beauty and pro­vid­ing es­sen­tial fa­cil­i­ties for its users,” the agency said.

The project is part of the Metro Colombo Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Project (MCUDP) and is be­ing im­ple­mented by the Colombo Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (CMC) un­der the Min­istry of De­fence and Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment. Funded by a loan of ap­prox­i­mately ru­pees 275 mil­lion ob­tained from the World Bank the project was ini­ti­ated due to the strong de­mand from the pub­lic to pro­vide a clean and well or­gan­ised area for recre­ation.

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