Hon. Lasantha Alagiyawanna
Deputy Minister of Megapolis and Western Development
Sri Lanka has embarked on a socio economic development process through which it intends to become the commercial hub of Asia. Towards this end it is necessary to become globally competitive and the Government of Sri Lanka consider urbanization and urban society is an inevitable necessity, for us to move forward.
Urbanization is a process where we need to identify and augment the positive aspects of the process making it a more people friendly phenomena. On contrary to the popular outlook on urban life as overcrowded, polluted, distorted and restless ambiance, urbanization can bring about enormous positive changes into the lives of people with appropriate strategies and sensible management.
Urbanization brings about a range of interconnected challenges in environmental, physical and societal contexts. This includes planning and design of road and rail networks, bridges, ports, airports, water and sewerage systems, waste management systems, telecommunications networks, grids of electricity and buildings of all sorts.
We have great challenges ahead of us and I am confident that we can achieve our goals and aspirations through systematic planning and hard work. I congratulate those who contributed to publish this report for a job well done!