The Ministry is planned to take steps to conserve all 103 rivers in our country under the Surakimu Ganga programme.
Accordingly, the Treasury has provided Rs. 200 million for the year 2021 to the Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera in accordance with the financial provisions requested for the Surakimu Ganga program.
Surakimu Ganga projects have been requested from District Secretaries as well as District Development Committees for river conservation and projects have been submitted so far.
The Minister of Environment Mahinda Amaraweera had instructed the officials of the Ministry of Environment to immediately allocate funds to several provinces for projects identified to be implemented under the Surakimu Ganga program.
Accordingly Rs.10.28M. to Monaragala and Rs.04 million to Kataragama for several projects related to the Menik Ganga, Rs. 85 M for several river projects in the Southern Province, Rs. 3.5M for several river projects in the Central Province.
Also, Rs. 1.1 million has been allocated for a project related to the Pahuru Oya in Gampaha in the Western Province and Rs. 3.9 million for a project on the Walawe River in Ratnapura in the Sabaragamuwa Province. Apart from this, financial allocations have been made for projects to be submitted covering all 09 provinces. Relevant financial allocations will be made for those projects according to the projects submitted by those provinces.
Apart from this, steps have been taken to allocate the highest amount of money for the conservation of the Kelani River, which is the most polluted river in our country as well as the most polluted river in the country.
Accordingly steps have been taken to allocate the highest amount ever allocated for two projects in the Colombo and Seethawaka Divisional Secretariat areas. Under this, the Surakimu Ganga program has taken steps to allocate Rs. 2.6 M for the Colombo Divisional Secretariat area and Rs. 9.67M for the Seethawaka Divisional Secretariat area for the conservation of the Kelani River.