Now a floating hotel at Diyawanna Oya

By Damith Wickremasekara

A floating hotel with the capacity to accommodate 1000 guests to be set up at the Diywanna Oya, close to Parliament in Kotte, is the latest addition in the development of the Sri Jayewardenepura area undertaken by the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development.

A jogging track, water-scooters and boat riding will be other attractions to be introduced. A park too will be set up in the area

The project plan envisages a sea plane landing point and a boat service at the Diyawanna Oya to ferry guests from the plane to the hotel. A fly-over across the main road to ease traffic congestion is also on the cards while a temporary bridge is presently being set up adjoining the main road.

The aim of the project is to attract incoming tourists to the hotel complex via a novel means of transport and from there on to other destinations serviced by sea planes such as Trincomalee, Kandy, Jaffna, Yala, Nuwara Eliya and Hikkaduwa.

The project comes under the purview of Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa with the navy, the Sri Lanka Land Reclamation Board and the UDA being responsible for its implementation.

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