Surveyor General's Message

As the 52 nd Surveyor General of Sri Lanka, it is a matter of honor and immense pleasure that destiny has given me an opportunity to lead the Sri Lanka Survey Department which is the National Organization for Surveying and Mapping of this county. In such a glad moment, it is my great pleasure to express my sincerest gratitude to all the fifty-one Surveyor Generals and the staff for their outstanding obligations for the past 221 years.

With a history of 221 years and has rendered immense service to the country, the Survey Department was established on the 2nd of August 1800, which has been continuously leading a role in most of the development activities in Sri Lanka with pride by performing its binding duties being the pioneer in the dissemination of geo-information products for national demand.

Commencing with the preparation of title plans for selling the state lands, Survey Department had carried out massive surveying tasks in history entrusting her value and recognition to the nation. Amongst those unforgettable massive survey tasks, some of the significant projects were the preparation of Preliminary plans, Village surveys for settlement, Railway line surveys, Land Development and alienation surveys under various tank projects, Major irrigation projects, town surveys establishing accurate geodetic, leveling control network throughout country, etc.

Not only that according to the new developing concepts of the government presently more survey project activities are being carrying out by the department to issue clear title to every land parcel under the ‘Bim Saviya’ program and surveys to map and to develop parcel-based land information for each and every piece of land in the country. Further, the department is also engaging in contributing to Northern, Central, Ruwanpura Expressway Projects, Colombo Elevated Highway Project, Acquisition and resettlement surveys and state land alienation for development and agricultural projects, and Surveys for the preservation of Archeological sites in the country.

Moreover, it is a matter of pride that the department has introduced the new technology of surveying such as the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) to the country and thereby completed all the land surveys in a very short period of time required for the various development projects, such as Port City Project, Southern Expressway Project, Central Expressway Project, Southern Harbor Development project, Southern Airport Establishment Project, Palali Airport Establishment Project, Power generation projects, etc.

On the other hand, I am proud to say that as the national mapping organization of this country, under the mapping program of mapping the whole country, the department has produced and published many topographical map series from time to time starting from One inch to One Mile Map Series for the entire country then 1: 50,000 Topographic Map Series and now 1: 10,000 Topographic Map Series with the latest technologies in a timely manner. Not only that preparation of city maps for the most important cities of the country and establishment of multi scales of topographical databases whole country are some of the milestones in the mapping activities of the country. Moreover, the publishing of the National Atlas to the country in all three languages and school atlas are some of the remarkable achievements in the history of the department in the field of mapping. In addition the department has produced different types of maps such as road maps, tourist maps as per the necessity of the nation.

At this juncture, I believe it is my duty to remind the contribution of the Survey Department of Sri Lanka to the land surveying education sector in this country. It is no exaggeration to say that the Sri Lanka Survey Department and Institute of Surveying and Mapping, Diyatalawa under the leadership of several Surveyor Generals alone has rendered a tremendous service to this profession and its education over a period of 200 years to advance the profession and its educational activities in the midst of many challenges nationally and internationally. I am pleased to announce that the Department and the Institute of Surveying and Mapping will continue to dedicate themselves to this educational service to the nation.

I strongly believe at present, the Survey Department is marching ahead in the right direction for the prosperity of our country with the dedicated well qualified professionals with a vision of ‘To be the leader of Land Information right through' and the mission to 'Provide high quality land information products and services through a professionally qualified and dedicated person’ by providing opportunity to the future generation and playing a positive role in nation-building.

Further, I would like to reassure you that as in the past, Survey Department is organized with its highly skilled and professionally qualified dedicated staff to commit themselves to this country and the development of this country and the prosperous future of the people of this country.

We are here for you! Wish a better tomorrow for our nation and all of you with courage and dedication... !!!

A.Dissanayake

Surveyor General