Floods; Where We Went Wrong- Part 5

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We have dealt with relocation, reverse encroachment and the monitoring of waste disposal from factories; the first three steps proposed by Dr. Pradeep to mitigate the damage that can be caused by floods should they occur again.

The final step in the plan he proposes is of vital importance. One that does not just act in attempting to reduce the damage that can be caused by occurrences such as floods but one that is soon becoming evident to be our only way forward.

Vertical construction, not just meaning the construction of a building but the creation of high rise building. Through the years many countries have turned to high rise construction for various reasons. We predict the population living within the 300 square kilometers that make up the province of Colombo rising to 9 million within the next 10 years. We do not have sufficient land for expansion and the value of land is on the rise. Coupe this with the rapid grown of the urban population and we face the dilemma of limited land affective residential and commercial space development and hampering the progress of civilization in Sri Lanka.

We have no choice but to turn to high-rise building. They will allow us provide adequate spaces to comfortably accommodate the growing population in our centralized city. It is a simple equation, even on the smallest scale the land that goes into holding one regular house that accommodates one family can be converted into a high-rise that houses 10 families. Looking at the construction in process scattered across the city we are experiencing single structures capable of housing over 200 families.

This trend is evident in the city but not on the scale required. We need to encourage the facilitation of high-rise residential and commercial structures in the city and prevent undeveloped land being converted. We need to prevent our ever inventive population from attempting to secure more land area by encroaching on rivers. It is each of our responsibility to understand the need for high-rise structure and to promote their construction especially in urban areas.

With that final step, Dr. Pradeeps vision becomes clearer; a sustainable solution to prevent the rain that is the harbinger of life, to instead cause such devastation. We conclude this series next week by having a look at how each of us can contribute towards reducing our own energy consumption and carbon footprint, along with the veras ganga project.

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