A city is a large human settlement. People are the main driving force in a city. The dynamism of a city is dependent on people and their behaviour. A preliminary understanding of the composition and diverse capabilities of the populations in a city should be the key to a successful urban study.
This section provides a description of the demographic status and trends in the city, primarily based on 2012 census data, presenting an overall view of the population. Trends and patterns of urban population are discussed including aspects of demography such as age, sex, ethnicity, education levels; and overall observations with regard to migration patterns, suburban population and gender.
Understanding the demographic and composition patterns of the population within the existing physical boundary will help in planning a livable city.
Urban governance can be simplified as “how government (local, regional and national) and stakeholders decide on planning, financing and managing urban areas”. It involves a continuous process of negotiation and contestation over allocation of social and material resources and political power.
This section provide a snapshot of the emergent contours of urban governance in Sri Lanka, focusing on financial resilience, service provision and economic dynamism.
Information available here are collected and calculated considering secondary data sets, ground level surveys as well as stakeholder discussions. The city governance index has taken many a factor into consideration and provides a valuable way of assessing our cities and how they rank from a governance perspective.
Municipal services is one of the key tasks an urban centre carries out fto ensure a functional living condition for its citizens.
The access to municipal services and the quality of their provision strongly influence the social, economic and environmental performance of a city as well as urban development.
Urban centres provide key services that underpin Sri Lanka’s socioeconomic development. Cities provide key government administration functions, such as vehicle registration services, access to social protection schemes, and a range of additional services (explored in detail in Chapter 9, urban governance in the SoSLC Report). Urban centres provide residents with health and education services: providing equitable access to quality healthcare and education. They also include services to facilitate social recreational activities and promote community cohesion, such as libraries, community centres and sports facilities. Ensuring quality services is a crucial component in securing an urban future for all Sri Lankans.
|Service||Service Delivered to the Citizen|
|child and mother care services||This service is not available here|
|Services||Service Delivered to the Citizen|
|Water supply - Pipe Borne by LA ||This service is not available here|
|Water supply - Common well||This service is not available here|
|Water supply - Tube Well||This service is not available here|
|Water supply - Standpipes||This service is not available here|
|Services||Service Delivered to the Citizen|
|Fire Hazard prevention service||This service is not available here|
|services||Service Delivered to the Citizen|
|Fitness Gym Centers||This service is not available here|
|Availability of Road Inventory ||Yes|
|Availability of Asset register||Yes|
|Citizen to request services||No|
|A 'reference no' is issued to the citizen requesting services||No|
|A "Front office" is available||No|
|All the services can be accessed at a single location|
(Front office) by a visiting citizen
|Separate Male / Female toilets are available for the visiting citizen||Yes|
Eravur Urban Council area:
Eravur Urban Council covers an area of 285.9 hectares. (Data Source _ Survey Department)
Distribution of Grama Niladhari Divisions in Eravur Urban Council:
Further details related to its 16 Grama Niladhari Divisions can be seen by downloading the map. (Data Source: Survey Department)
Road Map of Eravur Urban Council:
The road map for Eravur Urban Council shows information on the road classifications. Road names are visible in the detailed layer which can be downloaded. This has been updated in 2020.(Data Source _ Openstreetmap)
Proper management of land, a scarce resource, can bring about many benefits. This is of great importance especially in urban areas.
It is timely to figure out how land is allocated and being used for what purpose in our cities today. In order to create well planned cities with a futuristic vision, having a better understanding of current land use is imperative.
Land use maps are categorized into 36 sub-categories under two types – built-up and non built-up. The extent of land in each of these sub categories are indicated below.
The Eravur Urban Council covers an area of 285.9 hectares. There are 16 Grama Niladhari Divisions within that limits. (For detailed information, please refer to the thematic maps section under the City Information page)
The Eravur Urban Council area, known as the major city in the Eastern Province, has a high built-up land area (243.23 hectares) and it covers 85.86% of the total land area. Non built-up land is limited (40.04 ha) which is just 14.34%.
The source of this spacial data is the Survey Department. This is a fairly old data file and should be further subdivided using land use verification to have more accurate information. Hopes this is enough just to get a rough idea.This is spatial data contributed to the creation of 1: 50000 land use maps.
The built-up land has been categorized under six main categories as residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, transport, public space, cultural and under construction. Non built-up land has been divided into six sub-categories as agriculture, water, forest, wetlands, coastal areas and barren lands. The built-up land is again divided into 30 subsections. (More information on the respective land use is listed below with charts and land area)
In all of the cities it can be identified that the higher densities are concentrated in the city centres and the expansion is taken place along the roads. The expansion pattern is shaped by the geography of the surrounding area.
The selection of the area for the urban expansion analysis was followed by several preliminary studies. Initially, the urban index values which was identified using the remote sensing information were studied in the respective municipal areas including a fringe area.
Before selecting interested area for the expansion analysis it should consider following facts
- Municipal boundary
- At least 2-3 km buffer around Municipal boundary
- Rough boundary where the physical urban character disappearing
In the remote sensing discipline, the values higher than 0 represent the built-up areas.The boundary for the fringe area was identified by getting the extent of urban expansion as well as a fine boundary where the high-density expansion become insignificant. The identified boundaries were projected on to the latest satellite images to assure the identified urban index values are in line with the existing building densities.