Port City Colombo
Port City Colombo, a world-class city for South Asia in the making, is dedicated to the development and upkeep of Colombo city and its surrounding locale. In line with its commitment for sustainable development, Port City Colombo recently pledged to maintain the attractive beach stretch within Colombo city limits as a continuous commitment.
Commencing from 4 January, Port City Colombo will be launching a one-year beach cleanup program, ‘Lassana Werala’ – Beach is only for Footprints’, from Mount Lavinia to Wellawatte, together with a not-for-profit organisation, the Wana Arana Foundation.
Port City Colombo has come forward to fund this project, while the Wana Arana Foundation will manage the supervision and maintenance of the daily cleanup of this five-km long beach stretch for a continuous one year period.
At present, a large quantity of waste piles up daily on the beachfront from Mt. Lavinia to Wellawatte, as well as its surrounding canals, causing many health and environmental concerns. This affects not only the people that live close by, but also the general public visiting the beaches to spend leisure time with their families. This is also observed as a huge disadvantage for the tourism industry, as many hotels and restaurants depend on this area, with its key attraction for beach view and access.
As a project that promotes sustainable urban living Port City Colombo has taken this initiative as a part of its corporate social responsibility to ensure a cleaner beach that will benefit the people and support local tourism industry to sustain in a pleasant environment.
This project will be supported by the Ministry of Urban Development Water Supply and Housing Facilities, the Colombo Municipal Council, the Dehiwala Mount Lavinia Municipal Council, the Department of Coast Conservation, Sri Lanka Police and the Coast Guard.
The program will commence on 4 January with an inaugural event to be held at Mount Lavinia beach with the participation of the Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development, Water Supply and Housing Facilities Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrama and Port City Colombo Managing Director Jiang Houliang.
Together with Wana Arana Foundation, guests and officials from the Ministry, Port City Colombo and Rotaract Sri Lanka will join this inaugural cleanup event as volunteers.