Finishing touches to Lotus Tower by 2018: TRCSL

Published : 10:05 am  January 31, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (2457) reads | 

By Darshana Sanjeewa   
With construction work of the Lotus Tower drawing to an end, the finishing touches on the interior of the structure would be completed by 2018, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) said yesterday.

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Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Project Director W.D. de Alwis said the construction of the main structure was completed and that work on the petals of the lotus flower would commence in a fortnight.


He said the petals which were assembled in another location had been transported to Colombo, and that they would be attached to the tower in two weeks time.


‘‘We have finished a major part of the construction and hope to stick to our schedule of completing everything by October this year. However, we have to complete the interiors of the building for businesses and hotels that would be housed, and it will take at least two to three months more than what was initially anticipated,” he said.


The tower, originally scheduled to be completed by October 2017, is expected to house telecommunication antennas, offices and other recreation providers. Once completed, it will stand tall as the tallest building in Sri Lanka and South Asia with a height of 530 metres.
The construction of the tower cost a staggering USD 104 million, with eighty per cent of the cost borne by the EXIM Bank of China.
Further, the tower is said to have a telecommunication museum, restaurants, supermarkets, food courts, conference halls with seating for 400 people, a 1,000-seat auditorium, luxury hotel rooms, ballrooms and an observation gallery.


However, the construction work of the tower came to a standstill in 2015 when Ports and Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga claimed that the land on which the building was put up belonged to the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and that it had not been acquired through proper legal means.


Constructed on a 10-acre land, the tower is to be a hot spot for communication, office spaces, malls and parks. Vehicle parking facilities are to be provided in the first few floors, while the upper floors are exclusively for telecommunication purposes.


However, under phase two of the project, plans are underway to construct a theme park, shopping mall and vehicle park.