cities in Greater Colombo
All state land in and around Colombo will soon be developed as part
of plans to turn Greater Colombo into four modern cities, Prime
Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in New York yesterday.
ambitious plan, he said the western region development would encompass
Sri Jayawardenapura, Moratuwa and Mount Lavinia municipal areas.
The Prime Minister said the administrative capital would be fully
moved from Colombo to Sri Jayawardenapura and Kolonnawa areas, making
Colombo city more spacious with high rise buildings and green belts
The main areas
earmarked for development in Colombo city were the Fort, the Beira
Lake area and the Independence Square. The Independence Square would
be transformed into an Independence Park with most of the buildings
around it being demolished.
Angoda areas would be developed and the new Presidential Secretariat
would be located in the Mulleriyawa area due to historical reasons,
the Premier said.
was a significant place in our history owing to the humiliating
defeat suffered by the Portuguese in the hands of the Rajasinghe
I," he said. All in all the new Greater Colombo development
would create four modern cities - Colombo, Sri Jayawardenapura,
Mount Lavinia, and Moratuwa, the Prime Minister said.
He said that
most of the buildings in the Fort would be demolished except for
museum pieces such as the Presidential Secretariat, the President's
House, the Old General Post office Building and a few commercial
to make Colombo a modern city in South Asia and will have to compete
with Hyderabad and Bangalore," the Prime Minister said. Under
the new programme, the sale of all state lands in Colombo has been
frozen except for the Charmers Granary premises and the site of
the Wellawatta Spinning and Weaving Mills, the Prime Minister said.