Megapolis Colombo: the drive to create a new Global City

In an earlier post I looked at how Colombo was attempting to rebrand itself with the dual aims of becoming: The garden city of south Asia A world city That was 2013 under initiatives led by the previous government. It is fair to say that a lot of good things were accomplished by the last government, … Continue reading Megapolis Colombo: the drive to create a new Global City

Colombo garbage mountain collapse: time for the government to act

Colombo generates well over 1000 tons of garbage every day most of which ends up at the Meethotumulla rubbish dump on the outskirts of the city., because until now there has been no alternative site for waste disposal in the city (if you discount the canals that is; which many residents seem to see as an … Continue reading Colombo garbage mountain collapse: time for the government to act

Dengue count Sri Lanka: 2017; in the grip of an epidemic

Stop Press:  Dengue Cases 2017: January – November (mid): 167,640 ( figures update monthly) Total dengue cases 2016:  54,945 (2015: 29,777) Note: This article has been substantially re-written Sri Lanka recently announced it has eradicated Malaria from the island; no mean feat. So why not Dengue fever? Both are viral infections carried by mosquitoes. Sri Lanka … Continue reading Dengue count Sri Lanka: 2017; in the grip of an epidemic

Challenges ahead for the Sri Lankan garment industry

Many see Sri Lanka as the next “tiger economy” in Asia. It is not hard to see why. The country has stabilised after the end of the conflict in 2009. Economic growth has been around 7% for a while now. However, exports have been in decline recently. In 2000, exports stood at 30% of the … Continue reading Challenges ahead for the Sri Lankan garment industry

List of articles

This is the full list of articles arranged in groups: Physical Geography Earthquakes in Sri lanka: could they happen Waldringfield UK : a community led flood protection project first of its kind project in the UK includes an interview with a member of the Waldringfield Flood Defence Group Colombo Floods 2016 part one Colombo floods part … Continue reading List of articles

Sampoor Power Station; dead in the water? environmental impact case study

The Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy has decided not to go ahead with the construction of the Sampur Coal Power plant, see Daily Mirror report 14/09 in what many will see as a victory for environmentalists.  In November 2015 The Sunday Times also reported that the new power plant earmarked for Sampur near Trincomalee was a non starter. … Continue reading Sampoor Power Station; dead in the water? environmental impact case study

Colombo; progress but who is it for?

Colombo is modernising fast, and many would argue ; not before time.  In 2010 although the Sri Lankan economy started to grow rapidly in economic terms at least Colombo was not pulling its weight. A lack of inward investment was the main cause and the reasons for that were fairly obvious. The image of Colombo … Continue reading Colombo; progress but who is it for?