He said that that great effort is being taken to upgrade the quality of the urban environment of Colombo, its suburbs and other key cities throughout the country with the intention of creating clean, green, people friendly cities where the environment will be preserved, existing facilities upgraded in order for the people to have a better life. He said that in order to assist this process a separate division within the Police will be established to monitor the work progress of the contracted companies. Another significant step in urban development is the regeneration of urban spaces through Private Public Partnerships in which investors work with landowners to build mixed developments in areas they occupy, he said.“Under the Resettlement of Underserved Settlements Project being undertaken by the Urban Development Authority, some 70,000 families living in poor conditions in Colombo will be given housing in high rise buildings designed and constructed to a good standard,” he added. (Colombo Gazette) He expressed confidence that Colombo will once again bloom as the Garden City of the East.He also said that the role of the Urban Development Authority in restoring the heritage buildings of the city and giving them a new lease of life. The police, in addition to fighting crime, will now also have a separate unit to monitor garbage collection.Secretary of Defence and Urban Development Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that steps have been taken to expedite the collection of garbage in Colombo.