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Systematic plan to develop Colombo city

The Colombo city will be developed according to a systematic plan. The city beautification process will be carried out simultaneously, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said.


Defence Secretary Rajapaksa

"Colombo will be a slum free city," he said at a panel discussion yesterday.

"Colombo has the major administration facility. The strategy to develop Colombo is important. We have identified certain areas for this purpose where rapid development will take place," the Defence Secretary said.

"The Government is faced with the challenge of relocating 75,000 families who are mainly occupying the most valuable land and strategically vital canals in Colombo. We need to develop the city to attract global investors and to make it a beautiful capital," he said.

Measures will be taken to relocate the slum dwellers in a place where it is decent and with improved living standards. They will be given space in condominiums which will be built shortly. The UDA high rise building process will be fast tracked where it will build 30,000 housing units by next year, he said.

The Defence Secretary said discussions are under way with foreign partners to construct 4,500 housing units in Kolonnawa for low income families. There are 800 acres of land occupied by people which will be of better use as hotels and condominiums.

A feasible project will be implemented shortly to develop the Colombo city to reach international standards, he said. With the execution of the development plan, the flooding of the city too will be addressed. Canals will be cleaned and will be used as water sport centres. Solid waste management will also be regularised and streamlined to ensure Colombo has a clean environment, he said.

"The high security zone will also he included in the development plan. Buildings will be renovated. We are moving forward rapidly and will make Colombo a greener city," he said.

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