Residents in and around Beira Lake will be relocated: PataliPublished : 9:11 am January 10, 2017 | No comments so far | | (529) reads |
Addressing a gathering, Megapolis and Western Development Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said the residents who lived around Beira Lake would be relocated in view of the development activities of the lake, and that they would be provided with houses within an year.
“A land area close to 150 acres around the park would be developed into a commercial area, and some regions converted into a park. The new city will be connected directly to the Financial City which is being constructed in Galle Face, as well as to the multi-modal transportation hub close to D. R Wijewardena Mawatha,” he said.
The minister invited private and public bodies in the area to discuss and approve their development plans with the Urban Development Authority (UDA) before long.
“Plans should be presented to the UDA within the year for approval. The Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Corporation (SLLRDC) will pave the way for a water transportation system in the lake. It will only take people a few minutes to get to the National Hospital from the Fort Railway Station. They can avoid the traffic congestion on the roads,” Minister Ranawaka stressed.
He said his ministry hoped to complete some parts of their development plan in the next three to four years, and that they would not push to acquire lands from those who were unwilling to give them up.
“More than 70 government and private institutions, and over 1,000 smaller private bodies and residential properties in the area, dumped garbage and waste in the lake. The dumping of medical waste was another reason why the ecological system in and around the lake had changed drastically over the years. However, the development plans also include clearing the lake of waste and establishing a better ecological system,” the minister added.