Published : 8:57 am  April 19, 2016 | No comments so far |  |  (2084) reads | 

Untitled-2BY NABEELA HUSSAIN Twenty three towns in the Western Province would receive a facelift ahead of the Western Region Project Master Plan, the Urban Development Authority (UDA) said. Sukithapura or Sukithapurawara is to establish initial infrastructure facilities for the major development project. With an allocation of Rs. 10 billion for 2016 alone, the project is to renovate and restructure main roads as well as access roads, resolve issues with flooding,

garbage and sewerage problems under its short-term goals. Borella, Kesbewa, Kottawa, Kaduwela, Piliyandala, Battaramulla, Kadawatha, Mahara, Meerigama and Kalutara are some of the towns that are to be developed under the project. “Colombo is to be made into a commercial city and all administrative facilities are to be shifted outside the city,” Project Director Mahinda Withanarachchi said. “The project will also make the necessary infrastructure facilities for this change,”

he said. Projects on a smaller scale such as the relocation of Manning Market in Pettah to Peliyagoda will also come under the Sukithapura project. “A transport hub is to be established in Pettah. Under the Sukithapura project we will make the necessary land available by relocating the Manning Market and ensure the infrastructure is available for the project,” Withanarachchi said. Long-term goals of the project would be to acquire land for large scale development projects for specific development projects, such as the establishment of a tech-city and transportation hubs.