Written by Lahiru Fernando
26 Jan, 2016 | 9:59 pm
Sri Lanka’s Western Province Megapolis project which will be merging the Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts, is to commence on January 29, 2016. The project is expected to be completed within fifteen years at a cost of Rs. 40 billion.
Speaking on the lines of the project, the Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka stated that the urbanisation of cities has left Sri Lanka looking for answers to problems such as traffic congestion, garbage issues, slums, and environmental pollution. The minister brought to light the target of raising the per capita income of the country from $4,000 US to $12,000 US by the year 2030.
The project is aimed at building an individual equipped with economic success, social equality, environment conservation and happiness. Furthermore, 150 sub-projects are to be undertaken through ten themes. Among them are two special projects which will design the Port City and Aviation City.
The Minister explaining the Colombo Port City said that it will cover the areas from Mattakkuliya to Wellawatte. He added that, in addition to the current tran-shipment facility which serves as the hub to load and offload goods from vessels which come from overseas, repairing, cleaning and supplying equipment for the vessels will also be carried out.
The aviation city will be located near the Katunayake International Airport with two additional runways. According to the Minister, the Katunayake Aviation city will also be linked with the Port City by a flyover which will be extended up to Galle Face.
Furthermore, the areas near Colombo Fort will be called the Commercial City while the areas between Battaramulla and Kotte will be declared an Administrative City. The areas falling under the Homagama and Malabe city limits will be named the Technical City.
The main transport hub will be built in Colombo Fort while new transport hubs will be built along a number of entry points leading to Colombo. A new passenger transport bus service will be introduced in Colombo to reduce traffic congestion prevalent in the city. Plans are also afoot to introduce a revolutionary power and energy system, to the Western Province Megapolis project.
Housing projects, industrial zones as well as green zones and agricultural zones are also established as part of the Western Province Megapolis Project. The project is open for investment from both the state and private sectors.
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