Urban Governance

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.

Administrative Divisions

Source - Land Use Policy Planning Department

Administratively this district is divided into five Divisional Secretary's Divisions namely MannarTown, Nanattan, Musali, Manthai West, and Madhu and each headed by a Divisional Secretary. There are four Pradeshiya Sabhas and one Urban Council in Mannar District. Predesiya Sabhas are Mannar, Nanattan, Musali, and Manthai West and Mannar Town is upgraded as an Urban Council. The district consists of 153 Grama Niladhai divisions and 587 villages.

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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.

 

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Built-Up
Total
Built-Up
7 (ha)
  • Low Rise
    • 1
  • Retail
    • 1
  • Factory
    • 1
  • Airport
    • 1
  • Playground
    • 1
    Cemetery
    • 1
    • 1
Non-Built-Up
Total
Non-Built-Up
8 (ha)
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1
    • 1

 

Studies on how the built-up landscape has changed in the urban environment over the past few decades have the potential to draw significant conclusions about current development trends and to predict future development orientations.

 

This urban sprawl study is a based on the analysis of satellite imagery from the relevant years. This gives the viewer a general idea of how urban sprawl has occurred over this period.

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Urban expansion statistics
Mannar Urban Council ( km 2 )
Overall Growth rate 1995 - 2017 %
Urban change 1995 - 2017
TOTAL AOI 0