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Our Vision

Towards a planned, Sustained and Adored Urbanization

Our Mission

Promote Integrated Planning and implementation for the economic, social, environment and physical development of the declared urban areas.

අපගේ දැක්ම

"සුසැදි, සුරැකි, සොඳුරු නාගරීකරණයක් කරා"

අපගේ මෙහෙවර

නාගරික සංවර්ධන බල ප්‍රදේශයන් සඳහා ආර්ථික, සමාඡීය, පාරිසරික සහ භෞතික වශයෙන් ඒකාබද්ධ සංවර්ධන සැළසුම් සකස් කිරීම, ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම හා ප්‍රවර්ධනය කිරීම


திட்டமிடப்பட்டு, தாங்கக்கூடியதும் சிறப்பானதுமான நகரமயமாக்கலை நோக்கி.


பிரகடனப்படுத்தப்பட்ட நகர பகுதிகளின் பொருளாதாரம், சமூக, சுற்றாடல் மற்றும் பௌதிக அபிவிருத்தியின் அமுலாக்கலுக்கு ஒன்றிணைந்த திட்டமிடலை மேம்படுத்தல்.

Hon. Minister's Message

About us

Historical chronicles and visible evidence bear testimony to a strong urban system that existed in our country in the ancient times. Thousands of years ago, there had even been systematically developed decrees and enactments on urban development. Urban centered plans dating back to the kingdom of Anuradhapura to the kingdom of Seethawaka have mesmerized the entire world. The concepts that have been closely associated with this pristine glory and opulence have been give a new lease of life and a new era of urban development is in the offing.

The gigantically challenging task of converting the entire Western Province in to a bustling urban centre has already been launched under the aegis of His Excellency the President, Maithreepala Sirisena and the guidance of Prime Minister Hon Ranil Wickremesinghe with the objective of uplifting living standards of people. Concurrent to this programme, ground work has been laid for a well-planned development of strategic towns, major towns, townships and suburbs across the island. These projects are already moving forward with speed.

The world is awestruck even today by the sprawling Sigiriya rock fortress. As a nation enriched by such grandiose experiences, we might feel that the concept is based on a western model, but we have our own plan to move forward with the emerging new world with our own smart city concept designed on a model inherent to us. Our strength has to be boosted with the infusion of state of the art technology and advanced urban systems. Every one of you can contribute to build a smart urban system that will nurture our natural environment as well as our religious and cultural environment.

Our expectation is to create a smart country while uplifting the living standard of the people and the Urban Development Authority plays a crucial role towards this end.

I believe that you, the general public of this country should be made aware of every development task and plan being implemented by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development. You have the right to inquire into each of these development projects and to submit your own proposals regarding them. If there is a conscious society in a country, development activities can be successfully implemented. Communication media too can play an important role in creating such a society. Today social network websites in the Internet has triggered a revolution in the field of communication. At a time some elements with vested interests are engaged in a campaign of misinformation and character assassination to mislead the society, you will be able to access accurate and truthful information from the website of the Urban Development Authority.

Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka
Minister of Megapolis and Western Development

Hon. Deputy Minister's Message

About us
At a time every country in the world striving to achieve a higher growth rate we too have undertaken the task of expanding our development horizons. From the period of King Pandukabhaya of the 4th century, Sri Lankans enjoyed their own unique style of town planning and it is with a sense of great pride that we recall this proud history.

Changes in the socioeconomic spheres in the 19th century gave rise to a host of new challenges, the foremost among which was the process of town planning. People who migrated to towns for employment and various other requirements had to be provided with lands, housing, education, healthcare, potable water and sanitation. Utilization of lands became the most pressing problem.

Within the limited resources of land available, we need to pay more attention to optimization of land use. If there is no well thought out programme or plan towards that end, the provision of services and amenities could be affected severely. This will invariably lead to the misuse of government lands.

As these shifting populations are the key segment that seek modern urban amenities and facilities, the responsibility of providing them with the such facilities within the proposed urban development process is the greatest challenging confronting us today. In particular, the inclusion of sanitation in the urban development process in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals demonstrates how important it is. Garbage disposal and sewage systems have to be meticulously planned to meet this challenge.

In the development process, land management is of crucial importance. As the horizontal development that had already taken place cannot be further expanded due to limited land resources, the government has to shift towards a vertical development process. This requires centralization of the development process and should accompany the development of public transport and roads, regularization of the land use, zoning as commerce, education etc and the conservation of environmentally sensitive areas.

Sustainable development though has many shades of meanings and synonyms, it really means the durable development that the natural environment can sustain.

In 1987, The World Commission on Environment and Development has defined sustainable development as “ development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” It can be safely assume that such a development process will minimize the clash between man and the natural environment.

We are about to bring about a revolutionary change in urban development. Its inevitable outcome would be more economic benefits to the country, improved living standards of urban communities and elimination of pressure stemming from urban sprawl.

In the development process the Internet and social media network play an increasingly influential role. The basic objective of a communicator is to disseminate the intended message accurately and in the most convincing manner. He has to bear in mind the intended audience, the media to be used, what the response of the audience would be and what its possible impacts could be. Against this backdrop, I believe that the website if the Urban Development Authority has been entrusted with a special responsibility. Their effort to transmit the message on the functions and objectives of the Urban Development Authority with accuracy and conviction is praiseworthy and will set an example to others.

Hon. Lasantha Alagiyawanna
Deputy Minister of Megapolis and Western Development

Director General's message

About us
By reviewing the rigmarole of the UDA as the apex institution for town development and planning across the country, the Authority has recently revisited and envisioned its role into new dimension with new strategic stance.

Hence, UDA will drive with its work essentially transforming our cities years and decades ahead than what it shall be with well-organized developments in a socially accepted manner in order to enrich with livability and creating powerful economic corridor for investors to rely on.

UDA has considered its mission prudently and taking strategic steps in converting cities to more environmentally and economically sustainable with ultra-modern facilities to escalate livelihood of city dwellers to a maximum possible degree.

The housing challenge has become multi diverse in nature which varying across middle income segment housing requirement of government servants to low income housing for undeserved settlers who live close proximity in the city of Colombo. Therefore UDA has launched a multi segment drive to fulfill housing dreams of both segment in a promising way.

Predominantly looking at the investment opportunity creation for investors to capture, UDA has taken optimum possible transparent steps and initiatives of creating new avenues with fabulous infrastructure incentives to attract them.

Further, the adaptation of new standard in Governance and compliance which in par with world norms of the work procedures and practices will become more powerful driving force for UDA to maintain its comparative strength in the years to come.

Eng. S.S. P. Rathnayake
Director General

Working Director's Message

About us
Urban Development Authority has so far played the paramount role of Urban Development Sri Lanka. There is a clear need for a new way of looking at urban planning and development in order to face the challenges of rapid urbanization, climate change and fast changing needs of Sri Lankan citizens.

This requires a new way of thinking about urban planning and development, use of new tools & techniques and a service oriented attitude from all of us. We have embarked on making necessary changes to people, processes and tools in order to provide necessary support to Urban Development Authority Team.

We appreciate feedback from all of our stakeholders on continuous basis. Constructive feedback in timely manner will improve our services and help increasing our reach.

Eng, Chandana Ranasinghe
Working Director

Corporate Endevour

Urbanization is an inevitable force and the world is rapidly urbanized. It is expected that a 60% of the world’s population will be ‘urban’ by 2030.

Urban areas, especially the cities, are the engines of the economic growth and they also are the giants of consumption and the hearths of greenhouse gas emissions.

Sri Lanka has not escaped from this inevitable force of urbanization. Urban Development Authority (UDA) endeavored to meet the challenges surging from such urbanization process and envisions planned, sustained and adored urban environments in the island Sri Lanka.

UDA’s mission is to promote and to regulate the urban development process in order to facilitate the growth of the economy, protecting the natural and built heritage and improving the quality of life of all inhabitants. It has launched the mission through its island wide service centers, state-of the-art practices and the dedicated staff.

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