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Preparation of the Stormwater Drainage Management Plan for Matara Municipal Council


N. T. S. Wijesekera ,

University of Moratuwa, LK
About N. T. S.

Senior Professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering,

Eng. (Prof.), B.Sc. Eng. Hons, (Sri Lanka), P.G.Dip(Moratuwa), M.Eng.(Tokyo), D.Eng.(Tokyo), C.Eng, FIE(Sri Lanka), MICE(London),

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K. M. P. S. Bandara

Ministry of Public Administration & Home Affairs, LK
About K. M. P. S.

Director of Engineering Service Board,

Eng. (Dr.), B.Sc.Eng. (Sri Lanka), M.Sc (Geoinformatics-Netherlands), PhD(Netherlands), MBA (Colombo), C.Eng, FIE(Sri Lanka), MICE(London),

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Matara Municipal Council area had been experiencing stormwater drainage problems causing inconvenience to public, interruption to work and damage to property. Though the Matara Municipal Council (MMC) had carried out a project in 2001 to develop its drainage canals, there were many cases of flooding within its boundary limits. In order to achieve a suitable plan for stormwater drainage management, the present work carried out an analysis of the associated stormwater drainage system. Systematic field data collection activities were done to identify the flood problem of the area, and to capture sufficient details of terrain and drainages. GPS surveys were conducted to identify the road and drainage alignments. A main feature of the study was the conduct of a road drainage survey which among many other details captured drainage directions along and across the roads. This survey helped to rationally identify the undulations in the terrain to generate the digital terrain model for the generation of stream network and delineation of watersheds. The 1:10,000 elevation data supported by the field work information showed the capability to generate a representative topography for stormwater drainage assessments. Analysis also used a simple Geographic Information System to prioritize critical flood affected areas and enabled identification of critical watersheds for engineering interventions. The present canal system was evaluated with that generated by the model and several sections were identified for early drainage designs these locations were verified in the field. Present work identified that in the MMC area 42% of roads coincide with the stream network indicating a loading of street stormwater drains with runoff generation as a result of terrain changes affected at individual compounds. 164 identified flood locations were analysed with drainage directions and surrounding elevations supported by detailed engineering inspections at specific locations to provide short term solutions. The study made recommendations with respect to development plan approval procedures, preparation of a suitable stormwater drainage database and the need of guidelines for developers to mitigate stormwater drainage problems as part of the long term solutions.


How to Cite: Wijesekera, N.T.S. and Bandara, K.M.P.S., 2011. Preparation of the Stormwater Drainage Management Plan for Matara Municipal Council. Engineer: Journal of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka, 44(3), pp.11–29. DOI:
Published on 22 Jul 2011.
Peer Reviewed


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