Project Components

1) Development of basin investment plans

2) Increase climate resilience of infrastructures ( 3 sub components)

Sub Component 2.1 – Flood & drought Mitigation (Investment US$ 73 mn)

Investment under this sub component will focus primarily on rehabilitating of hydraulic infrastructures of ID and MASL that were damaged due to the flood and drought during 2010 to 2013 or particularly at risk in future floods.  In fact, ID and MASL are required to carry out preliminary investigation in order to prepare designs based on the preliminary analysis of flood and drought data for localized modeling to ensure interventions are adequately captured the interrelated flood risk in the project area. Hence, interventions under this sub component are determined based on historical losses and field survey assessment done by ID and MASL.

Sub Component 2.2: Transport Continuity (Investment US$ 49 mn)

Investment under this subcomponent aims to reduce direct loss to transport infrastructures, indirect economic losses due to detours and increase the effectiveness of post disaster response. Rapid expansion of the road network development has contributed to greater road failures due to road side landslide, bridges constructed with small opening and causeways in flood plains continue to be flooded on a regular basis. To mitigate road side landslide risk, investments will focus on reinforcing road infrastructure in selected road networks.

Sub Component 2.3: School protection (Investment US$ 7 mn)

Investments under this sub-component will be made to improve slope stability and drainage capacity of 18 schools selected from Kandy and Kegalle districts have been identified as highly vulnerable to landslides that serve about 30,000 students. Currently, given the high landslide risk, these schools close during heavy rainfall periods, for two to four weeks annually. Improvements to slope stability will promote education continuity as schools will not need to close and also will protect the residents in surrounding of these hill slopes from potential landslides.

3) Project Implementation,

The project is implemented through the Project Management Unit (PMU) established under the Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources Management. PMU is fully established with qualified senior and support staff together with required resources to perform fund management, facilitate project implementation, capacity development and overall project Monitoring and Evaluation.

Project steering and oversighting functions are played by project steering committee established under the chairmanship of Secretary/MIWRM and oversighting by National Project Oversight committee established with co-chairmanship of Secretary/Ministry of Finance and Secretary/ Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs. These two committees guide the PMU by providing steerage and oversight function to manage the project.

4) Contingent emergency response.

Funds allocated for this component are available to help government respond to adverse natural event that causes disasters. The WB-IDA has reallocated US$1 mn from component 2&3 of the project to topped up the available fund for this component up to US$ 3 mn with the request made by Government to partially cover emergency response and recovery costs due to natural disasters.