RS. 7,000 MN. HOUS­ING PROJECT IN­AU­GU­RATED IN THALAWATHUGODA

CON­STRUC­TION OF THE HOUS­ING SCHEME BE­GAN LAST WEEK IN THE PRES­ENCE OF THE PRIME MIN­IS­TER MIN­IS­TER PATALI CHAMPIKA RANAWAKA MEA­SURES HAD BEEN TAKEN TO BE­GIN SEV­ERAL DE­VEL­OP­MENT PROJECTS IN THE AREA DE­VEL­OP­MENT PROJECTS IN FU­TURE AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TIVE HUB OF SRI L

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Amid­dle-in­come hous­ing scheme in Thalawathugoda would be the new­est ad­di­tion to the nu­mer­ous de­vel­op­ment projects con­cen­trated in the soon-to-be ad­min­is­tra­tive district of the coun­try.

Con­struc­tion of the hous­ing scheme be­gan last week in the pres­ence of the Prime Min­is­ter and Me­gapo­lis and West­ern De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Patali Champika Ranawaka.

The Rs. 7,000 mil­lion project would see the con­struc­tion of 400 hous­ing units on a land in ex­tent of 2 acres and 6 perches, near the Sri Jayawar­de­na­pura Hos­pi­tal Road. In ad­di­tion to a 30-storey con­do­minium, the Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (UDA) will also con­struct of­fice build­ings, bus stops and schools in the area.

Res­i­dents can choose a com­pat­i­ble home from three cat­e­gories, A (850 square feet), B (1050 square feet) and C (1,250 square feet). The scheme will in­clude a car park, gym, swim­ming pools, cafe­te­ria, su­per mar­kets, other out­lets and other en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­i­ties.

A com­mon gas line, so­lar pan­els and a re­cy­cling cen­tre are some of the in­fras­truc­ture fa­cil­i­ties that are to be in­cluded in the hous­ing scheme.

Speak­ing at the cer­e­mony, sub­ject Min­is­ter Ranawaka said the mid­dle class in Sri Lanka had seen a steady eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment over the years. The hous­ing scheme was for pro­fes­sion­als work­ing in the area.

“We can see an in­creased eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the mid­dle class dur­ing the past 20-30 years. Ar­eas such as Ma­haragama, Kaduwela and Kotte were well known ar­eas of the mid­dle class, which over the years has de­vel­oped from the lower mid­dle class to the up­per mid­dle class,” he said.

The min­is­ter stated that mea­sures had been taken to be­gin sev­eral de­vel­op­ment projects in the area. “We hope to cre­ate the nec­es­sary in­fras­truc­ture fa­cil­i­ties in the area. One such project would be the de­vel­op­ment of the Sri Jayawar­de­na­pura Hos­pi­tal and the Univer­sity,” he said. Mem­bers from the lo­cal gov­ern­ment bodies were not very happy with this idea. For ex­am­ple they don’t want to let Bat­tara­mulla out of their city lim­its as they have some in­come from the area

Con­struc­tion of all build­ings planned by the gov­ern­ment, in the ad­min­is­tra­tive city, was sched­uled to be­gin this year, the Min­is­ter con­tin­ued. “The next phase of Seth­siri­paya also be­gan re­cently. We will also be­gin the con­struc­tion of a fully equipped of­fice com­plex in the CHOGM land.”

The Pres­i­den­tial Palace, House of the Prime Min­is­ter, the of­fices of the Pres­i­dent and the Prime Min­is­ter and ad­di­tional land needed for these of­fices are to be al­lo­cated this year. Min­is­ter Ranawaka stated that plans were also under way to es­tab­lish an ur­ban park in a 35 acre land in the vicin­ity.

“We hope to es­tab­lish a green city in the area but un­for­tu­nately, the land area comes under the purview of two or three lo­cal gov­ern­ment bodies,” the Min­is­ter said.

Ranawaka con­cluded that if the tech­nol­ogy city was to be es­tab­lished, the ad­min­is­tra­tive area and par­lia­ment should be con­sid­ered one ur­ban area. “Mem­bers from the lo­cal gov­ern­ment bodies were not very happy with this idea. For ex­am­ple they don’t want to let Bat­tara­mulla out of their city lim­its as they have some in­come from the area.”

The area needed a sew­er­age sys­tem and wa­ter man­age­ment sys­tem which the gov­ern­ment hoped to es­tab­lish soon. “We will es­tab­lish a city with nec­es­sary in­fras­truc­ture fa­cil­i­ties as we see the mid­dle class grow­ing in the area,” the Min­is­ter said.

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