Mahaweli Mahaseya completion: President calls for greater public
COLOMBO: President Mahinda Rajapaksa appealed for greater
co-operation and assistance from the public in expediting the completion
of the Mahaweli Mahaseya which had been delayed over two years.
President Rajapaksa made this appeal when he met a delegation of
philanthropists and donors of the Mahaweli Cultural Foundation to
inquire into the present status of the construction of the Mahaweli Seya
and the official handing over of the donations to the Foundation at
Temple Trees on Thursday.
The President was of the view that the contribution of both the
Buddhists and non-Buddhists for such meritorious and charitable
practices for the benefit and welfare of the society was exemplary and
should be emulated by others too.
“If spiritual and moral values are diminishing in any country, then
there could not be true development in that country,” he said.
The President said collective practices of that nature gave rise to
the construction of a just social environment within the country and
also projected a sound understanding of the Buddha Dhamma to the entire
The Mahaweli Seya and its surrounding complex was the brainchild of
the late Gamini Dissanayake, the then Mahaweli Minister.
Its construction began in 1983 at an estimated cost of Rs. 203
Its construction had been delayed due to lack of funds, and President
Rajapaksa, the then Prime Minister in the second half of 2004, had
assisted in the collection of funds and at the end of 2006 had given Rs.
16.5 million to the foundation.
President Rajapaksa has agreed to donate Rs. 10 million for the final
phase of construction from the Square to the Chudamanikkaya and the
unveiling of the Kothwahanse. From this, Rs. five million has already
been donated to the Foundation.
Around Rs. 5 million was handed over to the President by the business
community and institutions at this function.
The Chairman of Nawaloka Group of Companies Deshamanya H. K.
Dharmadasa, Managing Director of AMW Ajith Zoysa, Chairman of Mt.
Lavinia Hotel Sanath Ukwatte, Chairman of the Kalutara Bodhi Trust
Thilak De Zoysa, Managing Director of D. P. Jayasinghe Tours and
Transport Upali Jayasinghe, Managing Director of Trico International R.
Kannangara, Managing Director of Greenlanka Capt. Gamini Nanayakkara,
Chairman of John Keells Holdings Susantha Rathnayake, CPC Chairman
Ashantha De Mel, Chairman Vogue Jewellers A. P. Hemachandra, Indra Silva
of Kandy and Nandana Silva of Panadura also donated funds at the
The Maha Sangha including Ven. Alle Gunawansa Thera, Prime Minister
Rathnasiri Wickramanayake, Ministers Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and Navin
Dissanayake and Mayantha Dissanayake also attended this function.