The Division also maintains the rainwater drainage system in the City. The system includes open drains,underground drains and outfalls. However the main canals in the City are owned and maintained by theSri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation and inquiries and complaints about canalsshould be addressed to:
The Works Division is responsible for the maintenance of all Public Roads and Municipal Buildings in theCity. Maintenance of Recreational Parks such as Viharamahadevi Park, tree cutting also falls within thepurview of this Division. Maintenance and rehabilitation of major roads in the city are the responsibility ofthe Central Road Maintenance Unit, based in the Town Hall.
The Unit is also responsible for approving all applications for excavations of roads necessary for the
maintenance and development of the city‟s service infrastructure such as underground water pipes and
electrical and telephone cables.
Maintenance of all roads and issuing of road excavation permits are the responsibility of DistrictEngineers. Please address all initial inquiries to the District Engineer of your area. (Telephone Nos. ofDistrict Engineers are given in page 03.)
Lands and Environmental Development Division
This Division is the custodian of Council lands and handles acquisition of lands, payment ofcompensation and leasing. In respect of your building plans contact this division for demarcation of streetlines, building lines, arcade lines, fire gap lines. Please get ascertained the street lines before purchase ofany land. Never build without demarcating the street line
Solid Waste Management
The city generates over 600 tons of garbage daily and this Division carries out its collection,transportation and disposal. This division which is also responsible for planning new waste collectionmethods, seeks public assistance to get rid of roadside collection points.
Special collection of non-hazardous materials can be arranged for a nominal fee. Please contact theEngineer in your District.
The Management Unit is based in the Town Hall and the operations are carried out through the DistrictOffices
Collection & Transportation of Garbage in districts 1, 2A and 5 is handled by private operators. Otherdistricts are handled direct labour.
Council has signed an agreement with a private sector to construct, operate & maintain a compost plantwith an associated land fill site for a period of 25 years.
The plant will be ready for operation in September 2002.
Pilots projects have been started on recycling & home composting to reduce the amount of garbagegenerated in the city.
Any problems in respect of this service, such as failure to collect garbage from residential premises,should be addressed to the Director (Engineering) at the Town Hall.