A history of urban upgrading projects in Colombo is presented alongside the development of the institutional and legislative frameworks to implement upgrading. Major housing programmes implemented by the government during the period 1984 - 1994 enabled upgrading of about 60% - 70% of urban low income settlements in Colombo. Relaxation of planning and building regulations has helped in the implementation of the upgrading programmes. Additionally, the processes of development of regulatory guidelines for upgrading have become more transparent and participatory. This has been complemented by decentralisation of control over planning, construction and infrastructure and services provision. Two case studies of specific upgrading projects in Colombo are included.
SEVANATHA. Regulatory guidelines for urban upgrading: case study of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Presented at the First RGUU International Workshop held at Bourton on Dunsmore, UK, May 17-18, 2001. (2001) 44 pp.