Kandy res­i­dents say shop­ping com­plex will add to con­ges­tion

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - By L.B.Se­naratne

Plans to con­struct a six storey shop­ping com­plex at the Katukelle junc­tion close to Kandy town has raised con­cern among res­i­dents that it will add to the con­ges­tion in the area.

They say the pro­ject has been un­der­taken with­out a proper fea­si­bil­ity study on how such a big struc­ture would im­pact the Kandy town which is al­ready fac­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion issues.

The Or­gan­i­sa­tion for the Pro­tec­tion of Pub­lic Prop­erty has writ­ten to Se­nior Deputy In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Ja­gath Abye­siri­gu­nawar­dena in­quir­ing whether the Po­lice were con­sulted on the ad­di­tional traf­fic move­ment once the shop­ping mall is opened. The foun­da­tion stone for the com­plex is to be laid to­day.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion's gen­eral sec­re­tary Anura Gon­awela told the Sun­day Times that from the in­quiries they have made they be­lieve nei­ther a fea­si­bil­ity study re­port nor a proper in­vest­ment plan have been drawn up.

The shop­ping com­plex is to come up on the land which was a former ten­nis court and lies in front of Girls' High School Kandy. Res­i­dents in the area say there are over 12 schools in this area and many of them do not have a play­ground to prac­tise sports. They say the land would be bet­ter served if it is given to the schools to be used for their sports ac­tiv­i­ties.

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