FLOOD PROTECTION ordinance

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Interpretation.

3. Power to declare any area in Sri Lanka, a flood area.

4. Preparation of scheme for protection of flood area.

5. Inspection of scheme and plan by persons interested.

6. Powers of Minister on consideration of scheme.

7. Flood authority.

8. Duties of flood authority.

9. Regulations for management of flood area.

10. Appointment of inspecting officers.

11. Repayment of cost of executing works.

12. Defraying of cost of maintaining works.

13. Flood rate.

14. Manner of levying flood rate.

15. Mode of determining amount of flood rate.

16. Payment of flood rate in installments.

17. Proof of amount due.

18. Change of thoroughfares.

19. Power of entry.

20. Acquisition of land for purposes of ordinance.

4 of 1924,

22 of 1955.

AN ORDINANCE for the protection of areas subject to damage from floods.

[Date of Commencement: 6th May, 1924]

1. Short title.

This Ordinance may be cited as the Flood Protection Ordinance.

2. Interpretation.

In this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires—

"the Director” means the Director of Irrigation or any other person appointed to prepare and carry out a scheme under this Ordinance;

"thoroughfare” has the same meaning as in section 40 of the Thoroughfares Ordinance.

3. Power to declare any area in Sri Lanka a flood area.

(1) The Minister may, by Order published in the Gazette, declare any area in Sri Lanka to be a flood area.

(2) While any such Order remains in force, the area indicated therein shall form a flood area, and be subject to the provisions of this Ordinance.

4. Preparation of scheme for protection of flood area.

(1) Where any area is declared to be a flood area, the Director shall prepare a scheme for the efficient protection of such area against floods, and also a statement of the estimated cost of the necessary work.

(2) The Director shall also delineate in distinguishing colours on a plan of such flood area the lands within the area liable to submergence and the dams, draining trenches, outfalls, sluices, locks, and other works which it is proposed to make or maintain, and, where it is expedient to change the position of any thoroughfare or portion thereof, shall delineate in distinguishing colours on the plan the best position and line for the proposed new thoroughfare.

5. Inspection of scheme and plan by persons interested.

(1) A copy of the scheme, together with the estimate of the cost of the necessary works and of the plan of the flood area, with the proper delineations thereon, shall be lodged at the office of the Director of Irrigation in Colombo, and also at the office of the Government Agent of the administrative district in which such flood area or any part thereof is situated and at such other places as may be named by the Minister.

(2) Notice that the documents and plan above, referred to have been so lodged, and are open for inspection shall be given by public advertisement in the Gazette and at least one newspaper published in Sri Lanka.

(3) The documents and plan shall remain open for the inspection of every person desiring to see the same on every day, not being a public holiday, during office hours, for three months after the date of the first publication of the notice.

(4) Any person whose lands are shown on any such plan as being liable to submergence or who considers that his property, whether situated within or outside of the flood area, would be injured by the carrying out of the scheme may, within such period of three months, lodge at the office of the Director in Colombo or of the Government Agent of the administrative district in which such flood area or any part thereof is situated his objections in writing to his lands being shown as so liable to submergence, or may state in writing the nature and extent of the damage he considers he would suffer if the scheme were carried out, furnishing full particulars in writing of such estimated damage.

(5) After the expiration of such period of three months, the Director shall forward the scheme, with the estimate and plan, and the objections to the scheme and statements of prospective damage, if any, with a full report thereon, to the Minister.

6. Powers of Minister on consideration of scheme.

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