There is no doubt in my mind, after spending half of the last 15 years in Sri Lanka for work, that infrastructural development is critical for a country constrained by insufficient power and roads.
The most important part of this is to provide a road system that no only manages the current demands but also those of the future – and this is something that Sri Lanka has always struggled with.
Anyone who has been to Sri Lanka will see that they like to build their houses and small businesses right next to the road – so you can step out of your front door direct into the path of the car or bus of your choice.
So when there is a chance to widen the road and the Government issues compulsory purchase orders – you don’t take the money for your whole house and move elsewhere with a bit of grass around you. No, instead you sell half your house, have the front removed and keep living in the back half whilst you build behind your house.
This next picture shows the more extreme version of selling half your house as the sewage that used to run under the houses in an enclosed pipe, is now an open sewer running along the front of the ‘half houses’ making sure the process is both sanitary and comfortable for the residents living in half the space they used to have.
Best of all is that this process has been going on for more than a year so far and probably has at least another one to go.