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Chinese to build 350-meter communications tower

A US$108 million-worth 350 meter communication tower called Lotus Tower will come up with a surrounding amusement park on a 5-acre block of land at D.R. Wijewardane Mawatha in Colombo.
The shifting of this tower from an earlier location in Peliyagoda comes in the wake of the opening of Colombo fish market in the area, officials said.

Construction work will be handled by a Chinese state owned company and funded by a loan from the Chinese Government by the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) which will bear the cost of equipment and other development work, Director General TRC Anusha Pelpita told the Business Times.

He noted that this communication tower will be a hub for private broadcast and television channels as well as telecom providers enabling their clients in remote areas to get clear signals. The Colombo tower, the second such in the wake of the Kokavil multi-purpose transmission tower commissioned a few months back, will be completed in 30 months, according to Mr Pelpita who noted that the highest priority was being given to getting work started soon.

The idea of setting up of an amusement park in the area has been mooted as there are not many places other than the Galle Face Green and the Zoological Gardens to attract visitors in the outstations who come to Colombo for leisure. “This will serve that purpose,” he said. A revolving restaurant will also be set up adding to its attraction, Mr. Pelpita said.

The Lotus Tower will be a landmark tower from where people could have an overview of Colombo city. The lotus-shaped tower is primarily built to house radio, television, and telephony serving greater Colombo area and will be equipped with restaurants and observation facilities for local and foreign travelers, he revealed.

Broadcasting and telecasting towers together with telecommunication towers located in Colombo and suburbs are to be dismantled in stages, in order to be housed at the Colombo tower.

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