The Strategic Cities Development Programme is a Government Initiative under the Ministry of Urban Development vision to develop the secondary cities as a system of competitive, environmentally sustainable and well -linked cities in a bid to foster economic growth and prosperity.
In each city region the project will targeted two broad categories of strategic investments such as Integrated urban services improvement and public urban space enhancements which enhancing the functional aspects of the city as well as the attractiveness and livability of the city.
Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal to beautify 100 cities in the country, officials announced Tuesday 08.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the Minister of Urban Development and Housing, tabled a resolution to beautify a number of cities which are underdeveloped.
It was noted that these cities had been neglected over a period of time.The Prime Minister had proposed implementing the “Hundred Cities” program.
According to the proposal, the assistance of all Government sector institutions will be obtained for this proposes.Cabinet approved the proposal to beautify 100 selected cities around the island by improving their basis facilities.
The World Bank has embarked on the first phase of this Programme with interventions in Kandy Gall and Jaffna cities while financial support from AFD for interventions in Anuradhapura city. Dambulla, Ratnapura and Kurunegala will be financially assisted by Asian Development Bank (ADB) as second phase